Vietnam responds to World Day of Bomb and Mine Prevention

A ceremony was held in Tam Ky city, Quang Nam province on April 4 to respond to the World Day of Bomb and Mine Prevention (April 4) with the participation of Deputy Defence Minister, Nguyen Chi Vinh.
The event was jointly held by the State Steering Committee on National Action Programme on settling the consequences caused by unexploded ordnance (known as Steering Committee 504), the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the People's Committee of Quang Nam province.
Senior Lieutenant General, Nguyen Chi Vinh, head of the Steering Committee 504 said that after the war, more than 40,000 Vietnamese people were killed and 60,000 others were injured by bombs and mines left from the war in addition to more than 2,000 army engineers killed and injured while clearing unexploded bombs and mines.
Thus, it is necessary to mobilise all resources and the whole society to join hands to promote the dissemination of information on unexploded ordinances and raise public awareness to minimise accidents by bombs and mines, Vinh noted.
He also emphasised the importance and humane meaning of the ceremony which was held for the safety and happiness of the people.
Vietnam is among countries severely contaminated with bombs and mines with around 800,000 tonnes of unexploded bombs and mines left from the war. Over six million ha of land is polluted or suspected to be contaminated with bombs and mines with high concentration in central provinces.
The authorities are paying due attention to settling consequences by bombs and mines with a focus on clearing bombs and mines, providing assistance for victims of bombs and mines to integrate into the community, and promoting education work to prevent bomb and mine accidents.
At the ceremony, 30 gifts worth VND12 million each were presented to local victims affected by bombs and mines after the wartime.
On the occasion, an exhibition entitled 'Joining hands to settle consequences by bombs and mines for a peaceful life' was held in the province, providing information and objects on the prevention and fight against bombs and mines in localities across the country.

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John Smith 7/4/17 08:17

A range of programmes and policies that have been deployed to detect explosive materials, clear landmines, improve the livelihood of bomb and mine victims and help them integrate into the community.

Gentle Moon 7/4/17 08:18

Vietnam has also mobilised a significant source of support from domestic businesses and organisations as well as non-governmental organisations in implementing such programmes.

LawrenceSamuels 7/4/17 08:19

The Government should called for joint efforts from the entire society and further financial support and humanitarian aids from international organisations and donors in speeding up the settlement of consequences by bombs and mine.

Jane smartnic 7/4/17 08:19

According to statistics, more than 18% of total land in Vietnam is still contaminated with unexploded ordnances.

yobro yobro 7/4/17 08:20

Over 40,000 Vietnamese people have been killed and 60,000 have been injured by war residuals (bombs and mines) so far.

Love Peace 7/4/17 08:21

Besides posing risks to people’s lives, it has also hindered the country’s socio-economic development and caused environmental pollution.

MaskOf Zero 7/4/17 08:24

the victims of bombs and mines, mainly labourers and children, do not have adequate understanding of explosives. In particular, illegal seeking to recycle waste from bombs and mines has resulted in the number of fatalities and wounded victims increasing.

Only Solidar 7/4/17 08:24

Vietnam is among countries with serious unexploded ordnance (UXO) pollution and suffers from the most severe war consequencesin the world.

Pack Cassiopian 7/4/17 08:25

The U.S. forces used more than 15.3 million tons of explosives during the war in Vietnam; about 5 per cent of them remain unexploded.

Deck Hero14 7/4/17 08:26

Despite their great and silent efforts and sacrifice, the country has yet to completely avoid UXO-caused accidentS. the most effective measure is to mobilise the engagement of the whole political system and social organisationsin raising public awareness of preventing UXO accidents.

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