The central city of Da Nang has completed the destruction of more than 3 tons of post-war bombs, mines and unexploded ordnances (UXO).
The bombs and mines were searched for and collected by the military forces in the city since the so far this year.
The program to destroy bombs and mines was carried out from October 1 to 4.
According to the engineering force of the Military Command of Da Nang City, these bombs and mines were buried for decades so they were all rusted and easy to explode.
The program was organized safely.
Engineers of the Da Nang Military Command transported the bombs, mines and explosives to Dong Nghe training ground (Hoa Vang district) to destroy them.
According to a preliminary survey in 2002, nearly 9,300 communes with 6.6 million hectares of land across Vietnam were contaminated with UXOs, accounting for 21.12 percent of the country’s land area; the central region is the most contaminated.
UXOs claimed 42,135 lives and injured 62,163 others from 1975 to 2000. Vietnam has spent tens of millions of USD every year on UXO clearance and providing vocational training to and resettling UXO victims.
The sun was burning hot on the afternoon in early April. Young men and women in khaki uniforms and broad-brimmed hats, with tools and metal detectors in hands, were seen working diligently on the barren land.