Resuming Operations After Tet Holiday, RENEW/NPA Teams Safely Destroyed Dozens of Unexploded Ordnance

Posted on February 9, 2022 View all News

Members of the Battle Area Clearance team No. 1 of RENEW/NPA at the clearance site in Nhi Trung Village of Gio Hai Commune.

Gio Linh, Quang Tri (February 8, 2022) — At a clearance site in Gio Hai Commune, Gio Linh District, RENEW/NPA clearance teams on Tuesday found 31 explosive items, including cluster munitions and other explosive ordnance, most of which was uncovered from a cache.

Team leader Duong Duc Tam carefully uncovers explosive ordnance found from a cache on the clearance site.

The team later safely destroyed these explosive munitions on-site before their working day ended. This was the first task conducted by the teams after resuming operations following a well-deserved two-week break to celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year holiday.

Local authorities of Gio Hai Commune have already started building a new road across the areas where the teams have cleared.

In January 2022, the two clearance teams of RENEW/NPA cleared a total of 73,000 square meters and safely destroyed 65 explosive munitions in Nhi Trung Village. This clearance task is expected to be completed in September 2022 and safe land will be released for 1,065 community members to expand their livestock farms and build new roads for resettlement.

We would like to thank the United States Government for supporting RENEW/NPA survey and clearance in Quang Tri Province.

Project RENEW was established in 2001 as a joint effort between the government of Quang Tri Province and interested INGOs to “restore the environment and neutralize the effects of the war”. RENEW is the only comprehensive mine action organization in Vietnam that integrates survey and clearance, risk education, and victim assistance into a coordinated program of action.

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is a politically independent membership-based organization working in Norway and more than 30 countries worldwide. NPA’s international work covers three core areas: Mine Action and disarmament, Development and Humanitarian relief aid. NPA has worked in Vietnam since 2007 and collaborated with national and provincial authorities to implement capacity development, survey, and clearance projects in Hanoi, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Binh provinces.

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