Two huge unexploded bombs found in southern Laos

Armed Tatmadaw troops cross a bomb-damaged bridge outside the compound of a police post at Goktwin in Shan State on August 15, after it was attacked by ethnic armed groups. (AFP). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

VIENTIANE, Feb 16, 2021, Xinhua. The unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance team MAG of Laos on Saturday found two huge unexploded bombs in southern Laos’ Khammuan province, Xinhua reported.

The large air-dropped bomb weighing 750 lbs was found near the side of a road in a paddy field in Sangpoungbone village, Gnommalath district of Khammuan province (some 250 km southeast of the Lao capital Vientiane), according to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) clearance team.

An MAG clearance team also found a huge 500-lb bomb in Nahome village, Khammuan province. The bomb was defused before being moved to the central demolition site to be safely destroyed, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Tuesday.

The MAG has been conducting UXO surveys and clearance, and explosive ordnance risk education in Bualapha, Gnommalat and Mahaxay districts in Khammuan province over a period of 12 months.

Unexploded devices are an obstacle to economic and social development, contaminating land that could otherwise be used for the development of agriculture, industry, tourism, and the construction of infrastructure.

Laos is one of the most heavily bombed country in the world. Throughout 1964-1973, over 2 million tons of ordnance were dropped on Laos, of which 30 percent failed to explode.

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