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Landmine casualty numbers drop this year

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A female mine clearer removes an anti-tank mine in Banteay Meanchey province. Supplied

The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) reported that the number of casualties from landmines and unexploded ordnance decreased in the first 11 months of this year if compared with the same period last year.

The report stated that from January to November 2017, there were 51 casualties from mines or explosive remnants of war (ERW), a decrease of 34 percent compared with the 77 casualties reported in the same period in 2016.

“There were nine people killed, 30 injured and 12 who needed amputations,” the report said, adding that the 65 percent of the casualties were men, 25 percent were boys, 6 percent were women and another 4 percent were girls.

From 1979 to November 2017, a total of 64,713 mines/ERW casualties were recorded by the Cambodia Mine/ERW Victim Information System (CMVIS).

Last week Heng Ratana, the Director General of CMAC, said CMAC had cleared more than 8,636 hectares of land and found and destroyed 37,445 landmines and ERW from January to October this year.

“In 2018, CMAC plans to clear more landmines and ERW from contaminated areas as it is the first year for implementing the national Mine Action strategy 2018-2025, which has already been approved by the government,” he said.

Mr Ratana added that in 2018 CMAC is going to clear 116 square kilometres of landmine/UXO contaminated areas and plans to address about 9,000 quick response tasks.

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