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Mine found buried near S’ville road

Officials are requesting the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) to destroy an anti-tank mine unearthed last week next to a Sihanoukville town street. According to village chief Heng Bunly, Commune 4 is rife with UXO because it was a former military base during the Lon ...

Phak Seangly
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/mine-found-buried-near-s%E2%80%99ville-road

UXO casualties rising

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) has recorded a drastic increase in the number of deaths and injuries due to unexploded ordnance and landmines this year compared with 2013, the organisation has said. ...

Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/uxo-casualties-rising

Anti-tank mine injures three

Three people were severely hurt when a tractor in Banteay Meanchey ran over a buried anti-tank mine in a former battlefield on Thursday. ...

Kim Sarom
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/anti-tank-mine-injures-three

Cambodia sees 55 pct rise in landmine casualties in half year

Cambodia on Wednesday reported 101 landmine casualties in the first six months of 2014, an increase of 55 percent from 65 casualties over the same period last year. The report from the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority showed that from January to June this ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-07/30/c_133520217.htm

‘Chemical’ barrels to be tested

Experts will begin tests today on two barrels discovered in Mondulkiri province earlier this week, which are suspected to contain chemicals used by the US in the 1970s in its war against the Viet Cong, officials said yesterday. Heng Ratana, director general of the Cambodian Mine ...

Sen David and Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/%E2%80%98chemical%E2%80%99-barrels-be-tested

Villagers find chemicals dropped by us in 1970s

Villagers in Mondolkiri province have found a pair of rusty barrels believed to date back to the early 1970s and which officials suspect hold chemicals the U.S. used in its war against the Viet Cong to defoliate trees and eliminate cover. The officials said they did ...

Saing Soenthrith and Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/villagers-find-chemicals-dropped-by-us-in-1970s-62934/

Cassava fuel plant study now one year in

Japanese petroleum company Idemitsu Oil & Gas is considering building a biomass plant in Battambang province to use cassava to produce fuel, a Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) official says. Leng Chreang, director of mine risk education at CMAC, said the Japanese firm is one year ...

Chan Muyhong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/cassava-fuel-plant-study-now-one-year

UXO injuries, deaths on the rise

Forty people were injured or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the first two months of 2014, a figure nearly twice as high as that recorded in the same period last year, a recent report from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre shows. In ...

Maria Wirth
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/uxo-injuries-deaths-rise

US provides Cambodia with underwater demining equipment

The United States on Thursday handed over underwater demining equipment to the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC)’s Underwater Demining Unit in northern Kampong Chhnang province, said a press statement from the US Embassy. US Ambassador William E. Todd delivered the equipment, including inflatable boats, air compressors, ...

Global Times News Staff
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/852563.shtml#.Uz4W0vmSxqU

New hound joins mine battle

Cambodia’s newest demining employee comes with an impressive resume, years of experience – and four legs. Rambo touched down in Phnom Penh yesterday, then was driven to the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) training facility in Kampong Chhnang province. He is the first of 18 trained ...

Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-hound-joins-mine-battle

US bomb uncovered

A 250-kilogram piece of unexploded ordnance (UXO) left behind from the US’s extensive bombing campaign here was found on Saturday by construction workers digging in Kandal province’s Ksach Kandal district, and was safely removed yesterday, Cambodian Mine Action Centre authorities said. ...

Lieng Sarith
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-bomb-uncovered

Funding boost for Cambodia’s hero mine-detecting rats NGO

The Belgian demining NGO APOPO, which is pioneering the use of mine-detecting rats in the former battlefields of Cambodia, has received funding from the German government to expand its mine-clearance work in the country. In November, the government gave the green light for APOPO to begin ...

Simon Henderson
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/funding-boost-for-cambodias-hero-mine-detecting-rats-ngo-54308/

CMAC Closes Probe Into Fire Amid Allegations of Corruption

The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) said Wednesday that it has closed its investigation into a fire at an equipment repair workshop in Battambang City on January 24 that destroyed equipment and vehicles worth an estimated $400,000. Heng Ratana, CMAC’s director-general, said that the fire had ...

Kuch Naren and Colin Meyn
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cmac-closes-probe-into-fire-amid-allegations-of-corruption-51543/

CMAC eyes budget bump of $13 million

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) is looking to increase its annual budget to $33 million this year amid a need to upgrade its life-saving equipment, an official said yesterday. Approximately $10 million has already been raised, according to CMAC director Heng Ratana, who expressed confidence ...

Amelia Woodside
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cmac-eyes-budget-bump-13-million

Landmines kill 22 people in Cambodia last year, down 49 pct

Landmines had killed 22 people in Cambodia in 2013, down 49 percent compared with 43 deaths in a year earlier, a report of the Cambodian Mine Action Authority showed Tuesday. Besides the deaths, 89 others were injured, down 37 percent from 142 injuries, the report said. ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-01/28/c_133080433.htm

Lon Nol-era explosives found

An unscheduled bathroom break led to the discovery of 27 pieces of unexploded ordnance in Kampong Speu’s Samrong Tong district on Monday, military police said yesterday. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lon-nol-era-explosives-found

China provides mine clearance training to Cambodian soldiers

A team of 12 Chinese military experts on Thursday started offering a six-week mine clearance course to 52 Cambodian peacekeeping force. The training is being held at the Institute for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance. According to the Cambodian Mine Action Authority, ...

Global Post News Staff
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131205/china-provides-mine-clearance-training-cambodian-soldiers

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