CHITIMA, MOZAMBIQUE (BERNAMA) – Mozambique’s western province of Tete has been formally declared free of land mines.
Alberto Augusto, director of National Demining Institute, said a total of 74,915 anti-personnel mines were destroyed and another five million square metres of land were released for productive use.
Demining operations also discovered three anti-tank mines, 389 items of unexploded ordnance and 134 small caliber munitions. In its National Mine Action Plan for 2008-2014, the IND described Tete as the most mined province in Mozambique with mines accounting for 85 percent.
The land mines were concentrated along the 11-kilometre perimeter protecting the Cahora Bassa Dam and along the border with Zimbabwe.
Demining operations in Tete involved three main humanitarian mine clearance operators working in Mozambique: Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), the Halo Trust and Apopo and more than ten commercial operators.
Eight provinces and 123 districts have now been declared free of mines. “All that remains to be done is to clear a few square metres of land where the presence of anti-personnel mines is suspected in five districts in Manica and Sofala”.