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The global impact of explosive remnants of war

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This week suspected ordnance caused disruption when discovered in a river in the UK and inspite of clearance progress, landmines continue to injure civilians and impact communities globally.

The global impact of explosive remnants of war 

This week suspected ordnance caused disruption when discovered in a river in the UK and inspite of clearance progress, landmines continue to injure civilians and impact communities globally. 

WWII devices continue to be found in the UK

On Easter Sunday, a suspected WWII device was found in the Great Stour river in Canterbury.  As a result the site was cordoned off and surrounding roads were closed.  

Ministry of Defence officials confirmed that the unexploded ordnance (UXO) was a ‘practice’ bomb used for training purposes. 

The device was removed to be safely disposed of by explosive ordnance disposal experts. 

Raising UXO threat awareness in Nigeria 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, revealed a statement regarding the ongoing efforts to increase mine risk education efforts in the states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.  

This is because these areas are affected by conflict and UXO poses a significant risk to communities living in these regions. 

Explosive ordnance risk education (EORE) services are crucial for helping limit the impact of explosive remnants of war. 

Man injured when tractor hits anti tank mine 

We are sad to report that on April 3rd, a man was seriously injured in an anti-tank mine explosion.  

The explosion occurred while the man was ploughing a field with his tractor in Sala Krao commune in Pallin province’s Sala Krao in Cambodia. 

The injured man was identified as Bon Samith. Samith had been hired by a villager to clear the land ahead of farming. 

Samith hfaced minor injuries to his legs and torso and a major injury to his left eye due to fragments.  This could leave lifelong scarring or potentially even blindness in this eye. 

We hope Samith is able to recover fully and are saddened to hear how he has been impacted by ordnance. 

17.6 million square meters of ordnance in Armenia 

Armenia is affected by 17.6 million square meters of ordnance.  The Mining and Utilization Fund is working in cooperation with the Armenian Red Cross to conduct an explosive ordnance disposal warfare program. 

We wish them every success in safely reclaiming this land for civilian use. 

Even when conflict has been resolved, it continues to impact communities with varying levels of severity.  At SafeLane, we are committed to raising the awareness of the risk unexploded ordnance poses and contributing to clearing it on a global scale.  

For commercial clients, the first step in mitigating the risk is understanding the history of a site to determine the threat level posted by UXO.  Find out more about our historical threat assessments here. 

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