Casualties From Explosives Decline

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Almost 70 mine/ERW casualties were reported in the

Casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) declined over the first nine month of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to a report.
The report by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) said 69 mine/ERW casualties were recorded from January to September this year compared with 85 over the same period last year, including 24 killed, 20 amputations and 25 with injuries not requiring amputation.
“Forty-eight of the casualties were men, 14 were boys, four were women and three were girls,” it said.
In September, there were six mine/ERW casualties, one more than the number reported last year.
The report added that from 1979 to September 2016, a total of 64,648 mine/ERW casualties were recorded by the Cambodia Mines/UXO Victim Information System.
On the 17th National Mine Awareness Day in February, first vice-president of the CMAA and then-Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Prak Sokhonn said Cambodia had cleared more than 1,400 square kilometers of mines and ERW from 1992 to 2015.
In addition, he said Cambodia found and destroyed 1,023,298 anti-personnel mines, 23,894 anti-tank mines and 2,614,191 ERW over the same period.

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