YEN BAI (Bernama) – Nearly 10,000 pieces of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) have been destroyed during a three-month campaign in Vietnam’s northern province of Yen Bai, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
More than 154 tonnes of UXOs on a 750 m2 site in Dong Cum village in Yen Binh district were destroyed by about 100 officers and soldiers.
Preliminary statistics show UXOs have claimed more than 42,000 lives and left some 62,000 people injured mostly in rural areas in the last four decades.
Over 1,500 people are killed and nearly 2,300 including children are injured every year due to UXO-related causes. The US army used more than 15 million tonnes of bombs and mines during the Vietnam War.
Vietnam is one of the countries most contaminated with UXOs. The National Steering Committee for Programme 504 said about 800,000 tonnes of UXOs are scattered across 6.6 million hectares or 20.12 per cent of the country’s land mainly in the central region.
The Technology Centre for Bomb and Mine Disposal said over 88 per cent of communes in 63 provinces are polluted with UXOs.a