74 war-era UXOs unearthed in northern Vietnam

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Military officials in the northern province of Thanh Hoa on Wednesday removed 74 unexploded ordnance left over from the Vietnam War.

Lieutenant colonel Nguyen Quoc Khanh said he had initially been informed of the discovery of just two bombs.

But when forces were sent to the site located in the backyard of local resident Ngo Van Thuan, they found 72 additional landmines, news website VietNamNet reported.

Khanh said the mines were found two meters underground and within a radius of two square meters, while the 225-kilogram bombs were around five meters underground, 100 meters from one another.

He said that it took nearly seven hours to unearth and deactivate them.

The Defense Ministry has reported that unexploded ordnance (UXOs) still remain in more than one-fifth of Vietnam's total area, 6.6 million hectares of land.

Vietnam has been spending around US$100 million a year clearing UXOs, but only 300,000 hectares of land have been demined, while many ordnance killed 40,000 people and injured 60,000 others in the country between 1975 and 2000, not to mention the deaths and injuries incurred in the years since, which have yet to be tabulated.

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