Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Japan gives $750,000 to demine Battambang

Japan gives $750,000 to demine Battambang

Japan gives $750,000 to demine Battambang

The Japanese government has granted $744,052 to Japan Mine Action Service to support community-based demining in Battambang province’s Karieng district, the Japanese embassy said in a press release on July 22.

“Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) received $312,300 of the grant for three small platoons of 90 soldiers for one-year mine clearing in Taseng commune, Kamrieng  district, in Battambang province,” said Khem Sophoan, director general of CMAC.

The project will benefit over 5,000 villagers by alleviating the threat of mines in the area and by bringing about community development activities once the mines are cleared, the embassy said.

After decades of civil war, Cambodia remains littered with an estimated 10 million landmines.

“It is anticipated that Cambodia will be cleared of landmines by 2020,” said Khem Sophoan.

“Since 2003, CMAC has cleared about 213 square kilometers of landmines, mostly in western Cambodia and especially in Battambang, one of the most heavily mine affected provinces in Cambodia,” Khem Sophoan said.

“The death rate caused by mines has dropped remarkably from about 1,600 people in 1999 to 352 in 2007 and 170 in the first six months of 2008,” she added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Chinese ‘prank’ threat video is no joke for Cambodia

    ‘Preah Sihanouk province, in the next three years, whether safe or chaotic, will be under my control,” declared a Chinese man in a white T-shirt, as another 19 men stood behind him shirtless, in a video that went viral on social media last month. After the

  • Woman detained for murder of hairdresser over unpaid $1K debt

    A woman has been held in connection with the murder of a 40-year-old widow. The victim’s daughter claims the motive was the suspect’s unpaid four million riel ($1,000) debt to her mother. The 17-year-old girl, Pich Sievmey, said her mother, Koem Yaneang, a hairdresser

  • ABA reports $71.8M net profit

    ABA Bank, a member of the National Bank of Canada group, recorded a net profit of $71.8 million last year, up 55 per cent from $46.2 million in 2017, its annual report released on Monday stated. A rise in the bank’s loan portfolio and the expansion of stated

  • Cambodia, Singapore to ‘move on’ from Lee remarks storm

    Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam have agreed to move on from the controversy caused by remarks from Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and follow the path of cooperation, dialogue and friendship. The foreign ministers of the three countries had separate telephone conversations on Friday