|Sappers remove a bomb in Tây Giang district in Quảng Nam Province. Three bombs, weighing 200kg each, were found in a forest bordered by three communues in the district. — VNS Photo Đình Hiệp|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NAM — Military sappers in the Tây Giang District of Quảng Nam Province yesterday found and defused three bombs left from the wars in the communes of Lăng, A Nông and Bhalêê.
An official from the district’s People’s Committee told the Việt Nam News that local residents found 200kg of bombs in a forest after the heavy rains that drenched the region in recent months.
The sappers said the bombs were likely dropped by the US Air Force during the American war in Việt Nam in the late 1960s.
Quảng Nam is one of the provinces with the largest number of unexploded ordnances (UXO) of the war. The total contaminated area is over 1 million hectares, but only 5 per cent have been cleared of landmines and UXO.
In 2013, the Danish Demining Group (DDG) launched an education project for the prevention of accidents related to landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXO) in central Quảng Nam Province’s Duy Xuyên District.
According to the latest report, more than 12,000 deaths and almost 19,000 injuries have occurred since the American war ended in 1975 as a result of the left over explosives. — VNS