Kingdom sees spike in landmine casualties

The country reported 40 landmine and explosive remnant of war (ERW) casualties in the first half of 2022, up 54% compared with 26 over the same period last year, said an official report released.

During the January-June period this year, 10 people were killed, 23 injured and seven amputated, said the report by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authorities.

According to the report yesterday, from 1979 to June this year, landmine and ERW explosions had claimed 19,818 lives and injured 45,186 others.

Cambodia is one of the countries worst affected by mines and ERWs.

An estimated four to six million landmines and other munitions have been left over from three decades of war and internal conflicts that ended in 1998.

According to Yale University, between 1965 and 1973, the United States dropped some 230,516 bombs on 113,716 sites in Cambodia. — Xinhua

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