Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - UXO uncovered in a Kandal pond

UXO uncovered in a Kandal pond

CMAC officials pose for a photograph with an unexploded Mk 82 bomb that was unearthed on Wednesday in Kandal province.
CMAC officials pose for a photograph with an unexploded Mk 82 bomb that was unearthed on Wednesday in Kandal province. Photo supplied

UXO uncovered in a Kandal pond

A 227-kilogram US-made Mk 82 bomb was unearthed on Wednesday as authorities were digging a pond in Kandal’s Kien Svay district.

The bomb was dug out by Cambodian Mine Action Centre officials in Tanub village, in Kampong Svay commune, yesterday morning.

Pa Sam Eth, Kien Svay district police chief, said this was the first time in a while villagers discovered a bomb of this size. “But a few years ago, people found two Mk 82s and some cluster bombs. These bombs are made in the USA,” he said.

Sam Eth said it was sent to the CMAC training centre in Kampong Chhnang province to be destroyed.

According to estimates, the US dropped more than 2.7 million tonnes of ordnance – including Mk 82s – on Cambodia between 1965 and 1973. However, head of CMAC Heng Ratana said even more may have been dropped, and added that CMAC recently found other bombs, including chemical bombs containing teargas, in Svay Rieng province.

Meanwhile, a deputy village chief was killed yesterday in Oddar Meanchey province by unexploded ordnance while scavenging for mushrooms and other edibles in a border area near the Dangrek Mountains with two other villagers.Konkriel Commune Police Chief Pak Kim said victim Seng Sroeun, 53, of Dorng Tung village, stepped on a landmine and died at the hospital.

Additional reporting by Phak Seangly

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • We’re going to Wisney World!

    More than 6,000 mostly Chinese attendees witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a $1 billion Sihanoukville resort project called Wisney World in the capital on Wednesday. The event on Koh Pich, attended by several senior Cambodian government officials, is a joint venture between China’s AMC International and

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,