Vietnam Raises $560.3M for Mine Action in 2010-2020: Official

Vietnam raised VND13 trillion ($560.3 million) for mine action in 2010-2020, including nearly $100 million of foreign aid, Major General Tran Trung Hoa, general director of the Vietnam National Mine Action Center (VNMAC).

Major General Hoa gave the information at a conference on June 16 in Hanoi, aimed to review the bombs and mines-related accident prevention program.

During the ten-year period, the country cleaned up 485,000 hectares of land contaminated with bombs and mines. At present, 5.6 million hectares of land remains contaminated with these weapons, equal to 17.71% of the country's area.

Besides, Vietnam supported more than 5,000 victims of unexploded ordnance and raised the awareness of over three million students about the risks of bombs and mines. (VOV, Dang Cong San, QDND)