At the exhibition. (Photo: tuoitre.vn)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – More than 200 photos and objects featuring impacts of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin on the environment as well as human health are on display at an exhibition that kicked off in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on October 25.

The month-long exhibition also highlights Vietnam’s efforts, and international support and cooperation in dealing with the war-left toxic chemicals.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Major General Ha Van Cu, Commander of the Chemistry Corps, said between 1961 and 1971, the US army sprayed nearly 80 million litres of toxic chemicals over Vietnam’s central and southern regions. Of the volume, 44 million litres were AO, containing nearly 370 kilograms of dioxin. 

Around 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the toxic chemical. As a consequence of exposure, many of the victims have died of numerous diseases, while millions of their descendants are living with deformities and diseases due to the chemical’s effects.

Thua Thien-Hue is one of the localities hardest hit by AO/dioxin, especially A So airport in A Luoi district, and Nam Dong and Phuc Loc districts.-VNA