Massive unexploded bomb found and deactivated in central Vietnam

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A Defense Ministry-owned company has discovered and deactivated a 340-kilogram war-era bomb in the central city of Da Nang.

No.36 General Company found the bomb in Hoa Quy Ward Sunday, Senior Lieutenant-colonel Nguyen Van Phuoc, chief of the local Engineer Corps, said.

It has been moved to a storage area for unexploded ordnance (UXOs) and would be destroyed at month end, he said.

Colonel Truong Chi Lang, deputy chief of staff at the Da Nang military headquarters, said several agencies, including the company, have been working on detecting and deactivating UXOs in the city since the beginning of this year.

Around 6.6 million hectares of land, or more than a fifth of Vietnam's total area, were feared to have UXOs left behind from the war, according to official figures.

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

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

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