Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mine group clears unexploded devices



Mine group clears unexploded devices

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The dangerous shell heads in the warehouse were found many years ago. Supplied

Mine group clears unexploded devices

More than 1,500 units of unexploded ordnance (UXO) have been cleared from an old ammunition warehouse adjacent to the Kampong Cham provincial police station, said Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general, Heng Ratana.

“Congratulations to CMAC experts from Unit 15 who have successfully cleared highly dangerous zones containing more than 1,500 shell heads, which included over 900 shells, 20 landmines, 600-plus shell heads and over 2,000kg of small arms."

“This is a real high-risk operation at a site located in the centre of the provincial town. The operation was supported by the Kampong Cham provincial governor and Kampong Cham provincial police chief."

“During the clearing operation, there was no accident. This is a huge success for [CMAC experts],” Ratana said in a Facebook post. He could not be reached for further comment on Thursday.

Kampong Cham provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun told The Post on Thursday that the dangerous shell heads in the warehouse were found many years ago.

He said authorities had just decided to clear the UXOs because the mines have caused the police and residents living around the provincial police station great concern.

“The warehouse had been marked for mine clearance for many years. We just decided to clear the UXOs left from wars because people living nearby are concerned. The mines were underneath [the warehouse] and can cause a big problem if they explode."

“Expert teams have safely put the headshells under control. But I don’t know whether there are more headshells remaining beneath the ground because I haven’t received a detailed report yet,” he said.

Thousands of victims

Kampong Cham provincial police chief Em Kosal declined to comment on Thursday.

As a result of three decades of conflict, Cambodia remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, with the problem particularly severe in the country’s rural areas.

Ny Nhar, the deputy director of the Victim Assistance Department at the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority said there are a total of 64,771 mine victims in the Kingdom.

Among them, nearly 20,000 were killed while more than 40,000 were disabled between 1979 and November this year.

Cambodia has some 40,000 amputees, one of the highest rates in the world.

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there