113-kg war-era bomb unearthed from riverbed in southern Vietnam

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Soldiers in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu have defused a 113-kilogram war era bomb found on a local riverbed, officials from the provincial military headquarters said on Sunday.

The bomb was discovered by workers of local company Minh Hang, when they were dredging the Bac Lieu River in the town of the same name on Friday, according to the headquarters' division of engineers.

They said the river, especially the section where it flows through the town, has many unexploded ordnances (UXOs) left over from the war.

But, the investor of the dredging project, the river ways management board no 14 under the Transport Ministry, failed to have it detected for UXOs before starting the project, according to the engineers.

Following the discovery, they proposed to province People's Committee that the project to be suspended to search out UXOs.

Around 6.6 million hectares of land, or more than a fifth of Vietnam's total area, are believed to have still have UXOs, according to official figures.

Only 300,000 hectares (740,000 acres) have been cleared so far.

Experts estimate it will take hundreds of years and billions of dollars to completely clear Vietnam of the bombs, shells, and mines leftover from the war.

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