Vietnam-Korea mine action project launched in Binh Dinh

A Republic of Korea and Vietnam cooperation project to deal leftover bombs and mines was launched in Tay Phu commune of Tay Son district on Sept 15.

The USD20 million - project, which has funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), will be carried out in provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Binh provinces from now until December 31, 2020.

Objectives of the project include defining the exact polluted areas and optimise the efficiency of resources for bomb and mine clearance, eliminating effects of the unexploded ordnance to locals and ensuring safety for people during production process and daily activities, thus promoting socio-economic development.

The Vietnam National Mine Action Center (VNMAC) manages the project and project’s budget, accelerating survey of contaminated areas, clearing bombs and mines.

KOICA will also help to enhance the locality’s capacity in giving first aid to victims, helping the victims improve their living conditions and integrate into the society, while raising public awareness of bomb and mine accidents.

Prolonged wars have left nearly 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs), accounting for 18 precent of the country’s total land area. 

The land of Binh Dinh and Quang Binh provinces are severely contaminated with UXOs. The contaminated land in Binh Dinh accounts for over 40 percent of its total land area.

Under the project, nearly 16,600 hectares in the two provinces will be examined to define polluted areas for clearance. 

Hong Phuc

Translated by Hong Ha

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