|The top of an unexploded M117 bomb found in a home in Quảng Bình last week. — Photo zing.vn|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG BÌNH — The Việt Nam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC) on Tuesday received 200 explosive detectors donated by the government of the Republic of Korea (RoK).
The detectors will be used for a project on reducing the impacts of unexploded devices left over from the war in the central province of Quảng Bình.
Commenced in March last year, the project is run by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Korea International Cooperation Agency and Vietnamese partners. Along with the tasks in bomb clearance, the project aims to assist development in the areas with most unexploded devices.
At the ceremony held in the province’s Quảng Ninh District, the RoK’s ambassador to Việt Nam Kim Do-hyon said the project is significant for the clearance of wartime unexploded devices in Việt Nam as well as for South Korea and Việt Nam to enhance their friendship.
The ceremony was accompanied by visits to the fields and a seminar to educate local children on the dangers posed by unexploded devices.
According to VNMAC, the centre has investigated the central provinces of Quảng Bình and Bình Định and found 4,600ha of land embedded with the devices. A total of 4,500 locals have been trained to protect themselves from unexploded bombs as well as to earn a sustainable living on land that is littered with unexploded devices.
Quảng Bình itself has 225,000ha of the land, occupying 30 per cent of the province’s total area, and the project has partly helped to ensure locals are safe from explosive device accidents during farming.
Earlier last week, MAG (Mines Advisory Group) successfully removed a large bomb found in the district’s Quán Hàu Township. The 330kg bomb was unearthed when a resident dug the foundations for a house.
The specialists recognised it was a 750lb general-purpose M117 bomb used by the US Army during the war time and they spent seven hours excavating and defusing the bomb. — VNS