|Lung Lo Company staff disarm a bomb at the Long Son Oil Refinery Factory, under construction in Vung Tau City. The Viet Nam National Mine Action Centre has been established to implement national action plans on dealing with bomb and mine aftermath. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Manh Duong
HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has decided to establish the Viet Nam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC) to deal with unexploded bombs and mines.
The centre, managed by the Ministry of National Defence, will work with agencies on research and policies to reduce the harm that can be caused by unexploded ordnance.
It will act as the main agency for mobilising international support for dealing with bombs and mines left over from wars.
The centre will be in charge of co-ordinating projects on bomb and mine clearance and supporting bomb and mine victims.
An estimated 15 million tonnes of bombs, mines and explosives were used during the American War in Viet Nam.
At the current pace of detecting and defusing unexploded ordinance, it is estimated that it will take Viet Nam about 300 years to completely clear all threats.
On Wednesday, a team from Mines Advisory Group detonated 25 mortar and artillery shells in Dong Ha city in Quang Tri Province.
Hoang Minh Phuong, head of the team, said local people unearthed the deadly ammunition during construction of their houses. He said the ammunition was live and would have easily exploded. — VNS