Study: Leftover bombs killed 10,500 in Vietnam

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 14:41:05 GMT

Bombs and land mines left over from the Vietnam War have so far killed more than 10,500 people in the south Asian country, a study has found.

The report, released on Friday by Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) and Vietnam's Ministry of Defense, said that 10,529 people have been killed and 12,231 others injured by leftover bombs, shells and mines since the war ended in 1975.

Most of the casualties were men collecting scrap metal, farming or herding, the report found, but many children were also killed or injured playing with unexploded ordnance.

The survey found 3,260 areas, covering 1.6 million hectares (4.0 million acres) in six central Vietnamese provinces, which are lethally contaminated with unexploded bombs and landmines.

The six provinces are situated near the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divided Communist North Vietnam from the US-backed south.

Phan Duc Tuan, an army colonel and deputy head of the military's engineering command, said at the current pace, it will take 300 years and more than $10 billion to clean up the unexploded bombs.

Tuan, whose command oversees the center charged with clearing unexploded ordnance, added that even with aid, only half of the leftover bombs could be cleared by 2050.

The report said there was also a significant economic impact besides the humanitarian toll. "Contamination hinders construction of housing, expansion of infrastructure, resettlement initiatives and other development activities," it said.

At least three million Vietnamese from both sides and more than 58,000 Americans died in the war.

AKM/HGH

http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=102111&sectionid=351020406

Views: 44

Comment

You need to be a member of 12160 Social Network to add comments!

Join 12160 Social Network

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

Herrera-Paz, Omar commented on Phyllis Maka's blog post BILLIONAIRES ENTRAPPING OUR CHILDREN FOR THEIR OWN DISGUSTING USE BRITISH AGENTS HARVESTING CHILDREN THE US COSTA RICA CANADA MEXICO
"Now you hear me okay they don't see me as what I am but they want me to go ahead and be what…"
4 minutes ago
Herrera-Paz, Omar favorited Phyllis Maka's blog post BILLIONAIRES ENTRAPPING OUR CHILDREN FOR THEIR OWN DISGUSTING USE BRITISH AGENTS HARVESTING CHILDREN THE US COSTA RICA CANADA MEXICO
23 minutes ago
Herrera-Paz, Omar favorited Phyllis Maka's blog post BILLIONAIRES ENTRAPPING OUR CHILDREN FOR THEIR OWN DISGUSTING USE BRITISH AGENTS HARVESTING CHILDREN THE US COSTA RICA CANADA MEXICO
23 minutes ago
Herrera-Paz, Omar favorited Phyllis Maka's blog post BILLIONAIRES ENTRAPPING OUR CHILDREN FOR THEIR OWN DISGUSTING USE BRITISH AGENTS HARVESTING CHILDREN THE US COSTA RICA CANADA MEXICO
23 minutes ago
Central Scrutinizer posted a blog post

HUNTER BIDEN RECEIVED $3.5M WIRE TRANSFER FROM WIFE OF MOSCOW MAYOR - SENATE REPORT

Hunter Biden received $3.5M wire transfer from Russian billionaire: Senate reportBy …See More
1 hour ago
Central Scrutinizer favorited Bob Renner's photo
3 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer favorited Bob Renner's photo
3 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer favorited Bob Renner's photo
3 hours ago
James Roberts posted a photo
6 hours ago
Jr. Ro "Bot" Dobbs favorited Bob Renner's photo
6 hours ago
Mr. Sizzle favorited Central Scrutinizer's video
8 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer posted a video
12 hours ago
Phyllis Maka posted blog posts
13 hours ago
Aaron posted videos
13 hours ago
Aaron posted blog posts
13 hours ago
Old Denmark posted a status
"LIVE: #GlobalRace #LiveStream | #Louisville protest over decision in Breonna Taylor case http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcJ-vLGRwkM"
16 hours ago
Chris and Less Prone are now friends
19 hours ago
Freedomrox posted blog posts
19 hours ago
Freedomrox favorited Larry Flinchpaugh's blog post Connection Between the Rockefeller Foundation, Johns Hopkins, and Gates Foundations
19 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters posted a blog post
20 hours ago

© 2020   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted