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4/4/2018 2:41:49 PM

UK increases EOD aid for Vietnam

VNF - The UK Department for International Development decided to increase budget for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) to £ 100 million for 14 countries, including Vietnam, from 2018 to 2020, tripled the previous period.

This information was provided by Mrs. Stefanie, manager of programs and policies related to mine war remnants, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) during her visit to Quang Tri on late March 2018 to evaluate the effective of EOD projects.

Mrs Stefanie (left) visits the demining site in Trieu Giang Commune, Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province, late March 2018

According to Mrs. Stefanie, the UK government will continue to support three areas of activity in Viet Nam including mine clearance, mine risk education and capacity development for central and provincial governments. In particular, mine risk education will be more focused.

The awareness of landmine has contributed to changing behavior for thousands of people in Vietnam in recent years. When they see landmine / UXO, people know how to inform the mobile clearance team of professional demining organizations, thus minimizing the number of landmine / UXO incidents.

According to Mrs. Stefanie, the British Government has found that Vietnam is still heavily contaminated with unexploded bombs, including cluster bombs. This is why the UK Government has been supporting landmine clearance in Vietnam since 2008.

Mr. Hoang Nam, Director of Quang Tri Foreign Affairs Department, said DFID’s has funded the province USD 8.3 million. With this support, the province cleared 4,3 million square meters between 2014 and 2016.

According to the Quang Tri Provincial Legacy of War Coordination Center, the province has more than 3,430 dead and 5,100 injured by bombs and mines left over from the war, many of them children. Survey results from the Technology Center for Bomb and Mine Disposal under Engineering Command shows that more than 81% of the land is contaminated by landmine / UXO.

Up to now, clearance projects with funding from international organizations from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany have cleared more than 132 million square meters of heavily contaminated land, safely handling 650,000 landmines, explosives of all kinds in Quang Tri province. More than 350,000 students and residents have access to "Mine Risk Education".

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