Old Ordnance Found in Battambang by Children

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Some of the old rockets found on Monday. Supplied

More than 60 mines, rockets, artillery shells, explosives and bullets were found under a grove of bushes in Battambang province’s Sangker district on Monday afternoon, with Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) officials later securing the ordnance and transferring it to a safe location.
Buth Vuthy, the chief of staff in Sangker district, said yesterday that 64 pieces of unexploded ordnance were collected and moved out of the area.
“The children were looking for firewood under a small bush when they found the unexploded ordnance under it. They reported it to me and I reported it quickly to CMAC officials,” he said.
Mr. Vuthy claimed the ordnance was not buried there but had been moved there by someone who may have wanted to use or sell it.
“However, most of the ordnance is old but they still work and luckily they did not explode and injure or kill anyone,” he added, telling Khmer Times the cache dated back to the country’s civil war in the 1970s and 1980s.
CMAC officials said they found 60mm caliber bullets, land mines and other kinds of explosives and rockets. All of the ordnance will be destroyed by experts from CMAC, Mr. Vuthy told Khmer Times.  
According to a report from the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), the number of accidents and casualties due to mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) decreased in the first seven months of this year if compared with the same period last year.
The report said there were 50 mine/ERW accidents recorded from January to July, which represents a decrease of 11 percent. There were 59 casualties, a decrease of 27 percent compared with the same period last year.
From 1979 to July 2016, 64,638 mine/ERW casualties were recorded by the Cambodia Mine/UXO Victim Information System, CMAA said. Of the casualties, 79 percent were from mines and 21 percent were ERW casualties.
A total of 31 percent of the casualties died, 55 percent were injured and another 14 percent had to have limbs amputated.

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