Domestic and international efforts boost landmine cleanup

As many as 2,000 people were killed by post-war landmines between 2010 and 2014, while an estimated 6.1 million hectares accounting for more than 21 per cent of Việt Nam’s land remains contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO).

This information was released by Đặng Văn Đồng, deputy director of Việt Nam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC) under the Ministry of National Defence, at a Friday conference on promoting international partnerships and supporting victims of UXO and Agent Orange (dioxin) in Việt Nam.

Victims of left-over bombs and mines have mostly been in the Central Highlands and central provinces. High-risk groups include children under 16, scrap collectors and people living in isolated areas.

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Source: Viet Nam News


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