Vietnam to be clear from unexploded ordnances in at least 100 years
12:26 11/01/2012
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Unexploded ordnances (UXO) hide themselves in over 20 percent of Vietnam’s area. At the current funding, the country will be cleaned from UXO in 300 years. However, relevant agencies are trying to shorten the time to less than 100 years.

Vietnam to be clear from unexploded ordnances in at least 100 years

During 1975-2000, UXO killed more than 4,000 people and turned over 60,000 others

into invalids, mainly working-age people and many children.

Major General Pham Quang Xuan, Commander of the Engineer Corps under the Ministry of Defense, said that around 6.6 million hectares of land in Vietnam (over 21 percent of the country’s total area) are polluted by 800,000 tons of UXO, except for tons of UXO in the sea.

During 1975-2000, UXO killed more than 4,000 people and turned over 60,000 others into invalids, mainly working-age people and many children.

General Xuan said that annually, Vietnam spends $100 million to clear UXO, not including expenditures in clearing mines for construction.

However, at the current funding and speed, Vietnam will need up to 300 years to clear the entire area. The country aims to fulfill this mission in less than 100 years.

“In the next five years, UXO clearance will focus on six central provinces: Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai,” Major General Xuan said.

A map on UXO in Vietnam will be drawn before 2015.

It is estimated that the US army used more than 15 million tons of UXO during the Vietnam War. Around 5 percent of this volume, equivalent to 800,000 tons is still underground.

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Source Vietnamnet

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