Casualties from landmines and unexploded ordnance have remarkably increased in the first two months of this year, a report of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority showed Tuesday. The country reported 40 casualties, 6 people died and 34 injured, during the January-February period this year, up 90 percent from 21 casualties, 2 people killed and 19 injured, over the same period last year, the report said. … Five northwestern provinces suffered the worst from landmines and unexploded ordnance are Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Pailin and Preah Vihear. … The country is seeking around 50 million US dollars a year until 2020 to entirely get rid of all types of anti-personnel mines, according to Heng Ratana, director general of the Cambodian Mine Action Center.
Global Times News Staff