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Man loses leg to mine in Pursat province

A Pursat man had to have his leg amputated after stepping on a landmine, officials said yesterday.

Thirty-five-year old Houn Dara was critically injured Monday while setting traps in a forest in Veal Veng district.

As Dara made his way through the heavily mined border forest, “he was seriously injured in the right leg and sent to be treated at the provincial hospital,” said Thma Da commune police chief Pich Sophorn.

According to the provincial hospital director, Chan Sokha, the leg had to be amputated below the knee.

Millions of land mines and unexploded ordnance litter the Cambodian countryside.

In 2012, 43 people were killed and 118 injured, only a slight dip from the previous year.

 

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Yuthana at yuthana.kim@phnompenhpost.com 

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