Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Chemical’ barrels to be tested

‘Chemical’ barrels to be tested

‘Chemical’ barrels to be tested

Experts will begin tests today on two barrels discovered in Mondulkiri province earlier this week, which are suspected to contain chemicals used by the US in the 1970s in its war against the Viet Cong, officials said yesterday.

Heng Ratana, director general of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), said a team of experts were expected in O’Raing district’s Andoung Kraloeng village yesterday evening.

“At the moment, I could not confirm what kind of chemicals are inside [the barrels], but by tomorrow, I should have more answers,” Ratana said yesterday.

According to Ratana, based on previous similar cases, the barrels are “likely to contain tear gas”.

Py Tel, Andoung Kraloeng village chief, said that following the discovery earlier this week, CMAC officials cordoned off the area surrounding the barrels and warned villagers to stay away.

One of the villagers, Bil Vanty, said people in the area had been suffering from dizzy spells and headaches.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the

  • Royal Group's Koh Rong luxury hotel officially opens

    The Royal Sands Koh Rong hotel on Monday marked its official launch as the first luxury resort on Cambodia’s most visited island. Prime Minister Hun Sen presided over the inauguration of the hotel, which has been open since December, and features rooms priced at