Laos continues to clear UXO in country’s north

The Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Program (UXO Lao) has cleared more than 700 hectares of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in northern Laos’ Xieng Khuang province, as part of its continuing survey and clearance works that focus on agricultural land and inhabited areas.

The latest results of the work were reported during a field visit to Xieng Khuang province, some 180 km northeast of Lao capital Vientiane, by officials from the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for the UXO/Mine Action Sector in Laos under the Lao Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Xieng Khuang is considered the second most-contaminated province in Laos, though a full survey of contamination across the country has not yet been completed and is planned to be finalized by 2021.

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