As many as 109 wartime explosives and ammunition, including mortar shells and bullets, have been safely deactivated in the northern province of Yen Bai.

The dangerous remnants of conflict were discovered on June 4 by residents in a rice field in Vinh Kien commune, Yen Binh district.

They were moved to a place far from the residential area and disabled by sappers from the province’s Military Command.

According to the National Steering Committee for the National Action Plan on Overcoming Bomb and Mine Aftermath, about 800,000 tonnes of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) is scattered across 6.6 million hectares of Vietnam , or about 20 percent of the country’s land area, putting people in danger every day.

Incomplete statistics show that UXOs have killed more than 42,000 people and injured 60,000 others nationwide, equivalent to 1,500 deaths and nearly 2,300 injuries every year.

Vietnam has cleared hundreds of thousands of hectares of UXOs. Between 2012 and 2013 alone, more than 100,000 hectares of land were demined.-VNA