Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Little known photos of explosive clearance

According to the National Steering Committee on Dealing with Aftermaths of Bombs and Mines after War, the US army alone used up to 15.53 million tons in Vietnam, including around 7.8 million tons dropped from aircrafts and 7.5 million tons buried in the ground. This volume is 3.9 folds more than that of the World War II and 12 times over that in the Korean War.

Around 350,000 to 800,000 tons of bombs and mines of all kinds are still in the ground.

An initial survey by the Center for Bomb and Mine Treatment Technology Center shows that around 6.6 million hectares of land or nearly 20 percent of total area are affected by bombs and mines.

With such a huge volume of explosives, it will take Vietnam for decades, with millions of US dollars, to deal with bombs, mines and explosives.

The remaining bombs and mines are scattered in almost all provinces and cities, mainly in the central region.

Some bombs are open-cast but most of them are under 5 or even 10-20m deep in the ground.

Below are first-released photos about bomb and mine clearance in Vietnam, supplied by the National Steering Committee on Dealing with Aftermaths of Bomb and Mine after War: