Posts tagged Cambodia
Posts tagged Cambodia
APOPO, the humanitarian organisation that uses rats in landmine clearance work has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia.
APOPO’s Kim Warren has signed the agreement in a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Royal Government of Cambodia.
The humanitarian org trains African Giant Pouched Rats to sniff out buried landmines. The rats are too light to trigger the landmines, resulting in a humane and effective method.
Siem Reap, Cambodia - 2013. Landmine museum.
More than 500 pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXO) were discovered in Oddar Meanchey province by villagers foraging for wild potatoes on Friday, police said Sunday.
Banteay Ampil district police chief Hong Chamroeun said that the the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) was called in after villagers uncovered the UXO while foraging in a forest near Kork Khpos commune.
“Our CMAC found four places after our villagers found one place. There are in total 501 pieces of ammunition, and now CMAC has taken them to be destroyed,” he said.
Six people in Cambodia have died after their vehicle hit an old anti-tank mine, officials say.
The blast in northern Preah Vihear province also seriously injured another person on Wednesday.
The men, said to be farmers who were inspecting their paddy fields, were driving through a flooded area.
PHNOM PENH: A man and his two children were killed on the spot after their wood-loaded buffalo-cart ran onto an old anti-tank mine in northwestern Cambodia’s Oddor Meanchey province, a demining centre chief confirmed on Wednesday.
The accident occurred in a forest in Trapaing Prasat district when the wood-loaded buffalo-cart ran onto the mine on Tuesday afternoon.
"They cut wood from the forest for building a house and, unfortunately, their cart moved onto the mine and triggered the explosion," Heng Ratana, chief of the Cambodia Mine Action Centre, told China’s Xinhua news agency.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: A Cambodian mine clearance worker was killed and two other deminers were critically injured when an anti-tank mine exploded in the country’s southwest, police said Thursday.
Police Maj. Riel Chandara said the Wednesday explosion took place when the three deminers were removing the mine from the field in Koh Kong province.
They were members of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team of British-based HALO Trust.
Hundreds of people across Southeast Asia – often children or impoverished villagers looking for scrap metal –continue to be maimed or killed every year by land mines and unexploded bombs, despite a concerted effort by governments to rid the region of the scourge.
It’s a point not lost on the Vietnamese, who are pushing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take the lead on this issue and establish an expert panel to help resolve it.
The initiative was put forward by Vietnam’s Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh during a meeting of regional defense officials in Brunei recently, where he said such a move would also help maintain peace, stability and development within Southeast Asia.