|The bomb being removed. — Photo zing.vn|Viet Nam News
NGHỆ AN — A 300 kg unexploded bomb found in an irrigation canal near Đào River in Đô Lương District, the central province of Nghệ An was safely removed on Tuesday, the online news outlet zing.vn reported.
The bomb was 1.6m long and still had a detonator inside.
It took Đô Lương District Military Steering Committee and related agencies a week to plan and execute the removal and destruction of the bomb.
According to local authorities, the bomb was left over from the American war.
It is estimated that at least 350,000 tonnes of live bombs and mines remain in Việt Nam and that it will take the country 300 years to clear them at the current rate.
The high number of explosives also accounts for the large number people who have been killed or rendered disabled by exploding mines. Nearly 40,000 Vietnamese have been killed since the end of the war in 1975 and 67,000 have been disabled by land mines, cluster bombs and other ordnance. — VNS