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Prime Minister Approves Report on ERW Contamination in Vietnam

Archive footage showing a deminer from Norwegian People's Aid Vietnam at work. Photo: Norwegian People's Aid 

Total size of land contaminated by explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Vietnam is 61,308 sq. km which makes it 18.82 percent of the total land area.

On April 3rd 2018, the Prime Minister of Vietnam officially approved the release of the national report on the ERW contamination situation in Vietnam. This is a tremendous step forward on the road to establishing Vietnam as a strong, competent and engaging mine action stakeholder in the region.

The report shows that 63 Provinces and Cities across Vietnam are affected by ERW to different extents and the total size of contaminated land amounts to 61,308 km² which in percentage terms, makes it 18.82% of the total land area. The report also highlights the number of mine/ERW victims recorded during the survey which had occurred since 1975 as being 46,185 people of which 23,771 were killed and 22,414 injured. 

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. Photo: US State Department - Wikimedia Commons

This year will be very important for mine action in Vietnam; the Prime Minister will be approving a new Governmental Decree and subsequent Circular which will finally give the Vietnam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC) the mandate to have the full authority for coordinating, managing and regulating all mine action activities and operators in Vietnam. The goal in time will be to provide the mine action sector with a strong national authority who will provide focus, leadership and regulation to ensure that evidence based clearance is conducted in a cost efficient manner in high priority impacted areas; and therefore the release of this report is one step towards achieving that goal.

A copy of report and related data could be requested from VNMAC. Contact information could be retrieved from their web site http://www.vnmac.gov.vn/en/

NPA made a story map which summarises the most interesting information presented in the Report on ERW Contamination in Vietnam.

23.05.2018 | Serif Bajric