Norway helps Thua Thien-Hue map UXO risks

(VOVWORLD) - More than half of 1,600 hectares of land contaminated with bombs, landmines, and other explosives in Thua Thien-Hue province have been surveyed within the past year, according to a conference held Tuesday in Hanoi.

The conference reviewed the second phase of a project funded by Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), to survey UXO-contaminated land in A Luoi district, Thua Thien-Hue province. The survey identifies types of explosives and the extent of contamination, helping to build effective, long-term solutions.

Thua Thien-Hue is one of the localities most heavily contaminated by explosives in Vietnam, with more than 170,000 ha, 35% of the province's total area, affected mainly in A Luoi district. Since the war ended in 1975, more than 140 people in A Luoi have been killed by bombs and mines.

Since 2010, the NPA has given Thua Thien-Hue more than 2.7 million USD for humanitarian and bomb and mine clearance projects.

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