The National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for the UXO/Mine Action Sector in Laos has set a target to clear unexploded ordnance (UXO) on an additional 22,000 hectares by 2020.
Head Office of the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for the UXO/Mine Action Sector, Mr Phoukhiew Chanthasomboun disclosed ambitious plan in Vientiane Capital last Friday stating that the effort would also reduce the number of UXO casualties. He said that assistance would also be provided to at least 1,500 UXO victims from now through 2020.
At the 28th – 29th ASEAN Summits, the Lao government, in cooperation with the United Nations, announced that UXO clearance has been selected as one of Sustainable Development Goals.
This year, the National Regulatory Authority will survey UXOs in 950 villages, 15 provinces and continue to help victims.
Currently, UXOs have been cleared on 29,700 hectares, of which 18,541 ha is agricultural land and 11,160 ha is land suitable for development.
The National Regulatory Authority destroyed 552,900 UXOs, of which 1,489 were bombies, 259,400 were cluster bombs, and 837 were land mines or other bombs.
The National Regulatory Authority on UXO is developing a Five-Year Work Plan to 2020 based on the national strategy. The focus will be on clearing contaminated district sub-areas that have been identified as Development Focal Areas by the government.
Source: Lao News Agency