Lao officials say they will expedite the implementation of their program to educate and raise the awareness of rural people of the danger of unexploded ordnances, so as to reduce the number of UXO victims.
Thousands of bombs dropped by US warplanes during the Vietnam War litter unexploded over 30% of Laos' territory. Since 1976, more than 10,300 Lao people have fallen victims of UXOs, averaging over 400 a year.
Since 1996, UXO-Lao has been able to clear only some 6,000 hectares of unexploded ordnances, due to shortage of funding and inaccessibility of the bombed areas.
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