Hanoi hosts exhibition on landmines, unexploded ordnance The Saigon Times Daily Thousands of objects and documentation related to landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Vietnam are being displayed at the Museum of Army Engineers in Hanoi until April 5, reports VietnamPlus. The exhibition is organized by the Steering Board for the National Action Program on Settling Consequences of UXO (Steering Board 504) to mark International Day for Landmine Awareness (April 4). The American War may be well in the past, but its aftermath remains in many places in Vietnam, especially in the central provinces, which suffered the most damage from UXO. Based on the current UXO clearance progress, it will take Vietnam another 300 years to resolve the post-war consequences of bombs and mines in the country. However, this time period could be reduced to 70-100 years if the 504 Program to clear UXO is implemented. More than 20 percent of Vietnam’s total land area is still contaminated with UXO. … [Read more...] about Hanoi hosts exhibition on landmines, unexploded ordnance
Vietnam will need around VND14 trillion (USD700 million) for bomb and mine clearance by 2025, said Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Bui Hong Linh. Speaking at a forum on dealing with the consequences of unexploded bombs and mines held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Deputy Minister Linh said the funds would be used to implement projects to assist affected areas, reintegrate victims into the community and to raise awareness among the public of both the dangers and removal projects. Meanwhile, funds for bomb and mine clearance activities in Vietnam come mainly from the state budget. Contributions from the private sector and international donors remain limited. The deputy minister said, Vietnam has gained some considerable ground in bomb and mine clearance, but there is still a lot of work ahead. An estimated 800,000 tonnes of unexploded ordinance is has been left in the country after the war, and more than 100,000 deaths and injuries … [Read more...] about USD700 millionn needed for unexploded ordnance removal by 2025
Steering Committee of "Detect and handle mines and unexploded ordnance in Quang Nam" project by MAG/Enghlish organization funding, including: 5 members by Mr. Dinh Van Thu, Vice Chairman of PPC as head, recently signed the decision establish by PPC. Department of Foreign Affairs was commissioned as Standing Office of Steering Committee for project, using the seal of the Department of Foreign Affairs to carry out the tasks and work during the project implementation. For the record, document signed by Head will use of seal of the People's Committee of Quang Nam province. … [Read more...] about Establishment Steering Committee of “Detect and handle mines and unexploded ordnance in Quang Nam” project.
It often seems that dangerous jobs are aimed at men, but eight Vietnamese women in the central province of Quang Tri dare to perform some of the world's most risky work: clearing unexploded ordnance or UXOs. … [Read more...] about In photos: Meet the Vietnam women clearing unexploded ordnance
PANO - The Standing Office under the State Steering Committee for the National Action Programme on Overcoming the Aftermath of Bombs, Mines and Explosives Left by the War in the 2010-2025 period (Programme 504) held a press briefing and opened the exhibition "Overcoming the aftermath of bombs and mines left by the war for a peaceful life" on the morning of March 25th, at the Military Engineering Museum. Present at the event were Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Tuan, Chief of the Political Education and Information Department, and Chief of the Dissemination Subcommittee of Programme 504; Major General Le Phuc Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief of the People's Army Newspaper, and Vice Chief of the Dissemination Subcommittee of Programme 504; Major Pham Quang Xuan, Commander of the Military Engineering Corps, and Vice Chief of the Standing Office of Programme 504; along with representatives of Central ministries and agencies, and reporters. The event also drew Country Director of Norwegian … [Read more...] about Vietnam needs int’l support in clearing unexploded ordnance