An old 250kg fragmentation bomb was safely moved away from a residential area in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on April 18 to the Tam Phuoc shooting range for defusing.

The 1.55m long bomb was found three days ago in Binh Trung commune, Chau Duc district, by construction workers who were digging a trench for cable along the My Xuan-Hoa Binh provincial road.

Although the war ended 39 years ago, Vietnam’s land is still contaminated by a large volume of mines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) estimated at 800,000 tonnes. Experts say the country needs about 10 billion USD to tackle this issue.

According to preliminary statistics, since 1975, UXOs have claimed more than 40,000 lives and left about 60,000 injured, mostly rural people and children.-VNA