Laos to clear wartime unexploded ordnance from 10,000 hectares of land in 2020

Lao National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for the UXO/Mine Action Sector has set a target on Tuesday to clear and destroy unexploded ordnance (UXO) on 10,000 hectares of land in 2020.

The target was reported at the annual meeting of the NRA to summarise the work plan for 2020.

The meeting was attended by Lao Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Khampheng Saysompheng, who is the chairman of the NRA Board, and other government officials from Vientiane capital and the provinces, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday.

Khampheng said vast tracts of land remain contaminated with UXO, amounting to a total of 87,000 square km or 8.7 million hectares. All of this must be surveyed and cleared of UXO so that development can go ahead.

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