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Nghe An struggles with unxploded ordnance clearance

Update: February, 21/2012 - 11:43

HA NOI – Central Nghe An Province, in co-operation with the Ministry of Defence, is prioritising the clearance of unexploded ordnance. 18 per cent of its land is affected by unexploded ordnance, according to the provincial Military Headquarter.

Specifically, the province is focusing on raising people's awareness of unexploded ordnance and implementing programs of ordnance clearance.

Senior-lieutenant colonel Nguyen Anh Linh of the provincial Military Headquarters said people in the province are still suffering the impacts of unexploded bombs and mines, which prevent agricultural production and the building of infrastructure on nearly 280,000 ha of affected land.

He said that affected land is scattered all over the province's communes. Many people have been killed and injured.

The area of affected land is too large for the finance, staff and equipment necessary for this clearance process. This year's budget for the program is only VND 9 billion (US$428,000), he said.

The cost for clearing unexploded ordnance in the province is expected to be VND500 billion (  US$ 23.3 million). – VNS

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