Cambodia: More provinces to be declared mine-free by year’s end

Five provinces – Takeo, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Kampot and Svay Rieng – will be declared mine-free as part of the Samdech Techo Project for Mine Action, said the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) on August 2.

“We will begin demining 30.91sq km of thee provinces in August, at a cost of $3.8 million, said Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and first vice-president of the CMAA.

He added that three of the five would be completely cleared this year. Takeo had 55 minefields, which covered 362ha, to clear. Kampong Chhnang had 42 minefields of 328ha to clear, while Kampong Cham had just 11 locations of 98ha. All three operations would be completed in December, he said.

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Source: The Phnom Penh Post