Norwegian NGO continues support for Quang Tri in mine action hinh anh 1Sappers handle an unexploded bomb. (Illustrative photo: VNA)
Quang Tri (VNA) – The People’s Committee of Quang Tri has approved a Norwegian-funded project on capacity building for this central province’s mine action centre during 2022 - 2025.

The project is financed with over 1.3 million USD in non-refundable aid by the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).

It aims to successfully and effectively implement the plans and programmes related to the settlement of war aftermath, minimise unexploded ordnance (UXO) accidents, and create a safe environment for local economic activities.

The NPA is a non-governmental organisation operating in mine action, disarmament, development, and humanitarian assistance. Working in Vietnam since 2007, it has helped clean tens of millions of square metres of UXO-contaminated land in Quang Tri. It has also supported Vietnam to provide training in UXO destruction and other fields.

Quang Tri is the most UXO-contaminated locality in Vietnam, with 82 percent of its area affected. Wartime bombs and landmines have killed more than 3,430 people and injured 5,100 others here.

In recent years, the province has cleaned 25,000ha of UXO-contaminated land; discovered and safely handled over 765,000 bombs, landmines, and explosive materials; assisted thousands of UXO victims; and improved most of the local population’s awareness of UXO threats.

It is striving to become the first province in Vietnam to be free of wartime UXOs after 2025./.