Landmine Casualties Increase in 2014

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Cambodian de-miners at work in a mine field in Banteay Meanchey province in northwestern Cambodia. (UNDP/Chansok Lay)

PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) — The first four months of 2014 saw a 61 percent increase of landmine casualties compared to the same period of the previous year, according to a report released by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority.
 
During January to April of 2014, a total of 71 casualties occurred, including 10 deaths and 61 injuries, some of which required amputations. In the same four months of 2013, only 44 landmine incidents befell victims, and 87 percent were male. Of these, 4 were deaths and 40 were injuries.
 
In a rare accident, 2 deminers working for HALO Trust were killed instantly last May after triggering an anti-tank mine while trimming grass in their clearance area, located in Samlot district, Battambang province.
 
It is expected to take until 2020 to rid Cambodia of landmines and unexploded ordinances. Mr. Hen Rattana, director general of Cambodia Mine Action Center says the cost would be around 50 million USD. It is estimated that 4-6 million mines and explosives were left after decades of war in Cambodia.
 

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