Almost 200 ha of land in Champassak has been set to be cleared of unexploded ordnance (UXO), according to Director of the Champassak Unexploded Ordnance Programme Thongkeo Singhavong.
The set figure represents 52.29 percent of the annual plan of UXO Laos in Champassak.
Champasak province is among several provinces in the country that have suffered from impacts posed by unexploded ordnance. Paksong is the most affected by the legacy of war.
Over the past years, over 300 explosive accidents have been recorded in Champassak. Early this year an explosion was reported in Nong village, Paksong district. The incident left a 48-years old woman with a missing leg.
So far this year, more than 100 UXOs have been found in over 766 ha in 12 villages. Meanwhile UXOs have been cleared from 43 villages, with over 700 UXOs destroyed.
In the first five months of 2017, UXO Laos in Champassak removed over 3,000 bombs from agricultural and residential areas such as schools, hospitals and temples.
Source: Lao News Agency