Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CMAC discovers 21 UXO in Preah Vihear

CMAC discovers 21 UXO in Preah Vihear

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Over 20 pieces of unexploded ordnance have been discovered on a farm in Preah Vihear province. Fresh News

CMAC discovers 21 UXO in Preah Vihear

Local police and officials with the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) uncovered 21 unexploded ordnance (UXO) on a farm in Tasou commune in Preah Vihear province’s Chey Sen district on Tuesday, according to a local police official.

The ordnance was left behind from the Kingdom’s civil war.

The discovery was made after a local farmer in Samrong village found one piece of ordnance and reported it to authorities, said Chan Bi, Chey Sen district deputy police chief.

Bi confirmed that an unexploded weapon was found in a field a farmer was ploughing in preparation for the rice-planting season. Fortunately, it did not explode and he immediately reported the find to the authorities.

Local police and officials from CMAC went to inspect the field and found 20 more devices in the same area, Bi said, adding that his officers educated the villagers about the effects and dangers of UXO.

“We told the villagers that if they find something like that again, they need to report it to the police to avoid an explosion, and urged them not to touch the bombs,” he said.

According to a staff member for Cambodia Self Help Demining (CSHD), who asked not to be named, five of the UXO were DK-82 mortar rounds.

“We put the haul in a safe place . . . We will arrange as soon as possible to destroy it,” he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • First case of coronavirus reported in the Kingdom

    Cambodia reported its first case of the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Monday, Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng announced. He said medical specialists detected the virus in a Chinese tourist in Sihanoukville. The minister said Jia Jianhua, 60, travelled from Wuhan city, where the outbreak

  • PM urges precaution amid virus outbreak

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called on all Cambodians to bump up precautions to avoid contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has already killed more than 50 people in China. The prime minister told the public to remain calm but alert about the possibility of

  • Gov’t slams NGO over 2019 corruption report

    The government on Thursday slammed a report that described the Kingdom as highly corrupt. Government spokesperson Phay Siphan dismissed the latest Transparency International (TI) report as “just an advertisement of NGOs to promote their own interests”. Released on Thursday, the report puts Cambodia near the

  • Gov’t answers garment buyers’ complaint

    Some of the biggest buyers in the Kingdom’s garment sector have urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to address issues faced by unions and workers – a request a senior official said was out of touch with the situation on the ground. The letter addressed to

  • App to connect farmers to millions

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has soft-launched a mobile app that connects farmers with potential buyers and gives them access to critical market information. The ministry’s Agriculture Marketing Office chief Meach Yady said the ‘CamAgriMarket’ app gives farmers a platform to showcase