Cambodia Needs US$377 Million More to Clear Landmines and ERW
AKP Phnom Penh, February 20, 2020 --
Cambodia needs more budget to clear landmines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and cluster bombs, said Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen in a message to his compatriots on the occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the National Mine Awareness Day (Feb. 24).
From 2020 to 2025, a budget of about US$377 million is needed to clear 806 square kilometres of contaminated land area, the Premier underlined.
According to the message, despite the country’s efforts in the past 28 years in clearing landmines, ERW and cluster bombs, this legacy of war remains a threat for Cambodian people and an obstruction to the development as the casualty rate increased by 33 percent in 2019 compared to the previous year.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen called on all competent authorities to continue raising the public awareness on the danger of landmines, cluster munitions and ERW, and the people living in the affected areas to continue paying high attention to the legacy of civil war.
From 1992-2019, approximately 1,979,476 square metres have been cleared from landmines, ERW and cluster bombs.
Cambodia has detected and destroyed a total of 1,080,814 anti-personal mines, 25,186 anti-tank mines, and 2,832,626 cluster bombs and ERW.
By Khan Sophirom