The detectors will be used for a project on reducing the impacts of unexploded ordnance left over from the war in the Central province of Quang Binh.

The top of an unexploded M117 bomb found in a home in Quang Binh last week. Photo:

Commenced in March last year, the project is run by the UN Development Program (UNDP), the Korea International Cooperation Agency and Vietnamese partners. Along with the tasks in bomb clearance, the project aims to assist development in the areas with most unexploded ordnance.

At the ceremony held in the province’s Quang Ninh district, the RoK’s Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do-hyon said the project is significant for the clearance of wartime unexploded ordnance in Vietnam as well as for the Republic of Korea and Vietnam to enhance their friendship.

The ceremony was accompanied by visits to the fields and a seminar to educate local children on the dangers posed by unexploded ordnance.

According to VNMAC, the center has investigated the Central provinces of Quang Binh and Binh Dinh and found 4,600ha of land contaminated with unexploded ordnance. A total of 4,500 locals have been trained to protect themselves from unexploded ordnance as well as to earn a sustainable living on land that is littered with unexploded ordnance.

Quang Binh itself has 225,000ha of the contaminated land, occupying 30 percent of the province’s total area, and the project has partly helped to ensure locals are safe from unexploded ordnance accidents during farming.

Earlier last week, MAG (Mines Advisory Group) successfully removed a large bomb found in the district’s Quan Hau township. The 330kg bomb was unearthed when a resident dug the foundations for a house.

The specialists recognized it was a 750lb general-purpose M117 bomb used by the US Army during wartime and they spent seven hours excavating and defusing the bomb.

Source: VNA