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MAG continues bomb clearance in central Quang Tri

Update: May, 19/2015 - 18:27
A hole displaying numerous bombs found in Quang Tri. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau

QUANG TRI (VNS) — Representatives of Mines Advisory Group (MAG) from the United Kingdom agreed yesterday to continue their mine and bomb clearance programme in central Quang Tri Province.

Their work will continue under a new memorandum signed by provincial authorities yesterday. Following this, MAG will form 15 teams of experts and five other teams of supporters to find and defuse unexploded bombs around the locality.

The new US$10 million programme runs for three years and is funded by the US Department of State.

MAG has worked in the province for a number of years and helped clear many bombs from the war time.

Quang Tri was hit hardest in the country by American bombs. An area of 3866 sq kilometres, or 83 per cent of the natural area, was embedded with bombs.

The high percentage of explosives also accounts for the large number people who have been made disabled due to exploding mines. Some 80 per cent of those with disabilities in the country live in this province. — VNS

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