Four Killed, Two Injured in Landmine Explosion in Cambodia

Deadly landmine explosion in Cambodia kills 4, injures 2 while gathering resin, highlighting the ongoing threat of war remnants to civilians.

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Four Killed, Two Injured in Landmine Explosion in Cambodia

Four Killed, Two Injured in Landmine Explosion in Cambodia

On April 20, 2024, a landmine explosion in Sre E village, Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri, Cambodia killed four people and injured two others while they were gathering resin in the forest. The explosion was caused by a war-left landmine, according to Heng Ratana, the director-general of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC). Children were among the victims.

The incident occurred as the group was gathering resin in the forest near their village. No further details about the identities of the victims or the specific circumstances leading up to the explosion were immediately available.

Why this matters: Cambodia remains one of the countries most severely affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) due to decades of war and internal conflict from the mid-1960s to 1998. The tragic loss of life in this latest explosion emphasizes the ongoing threat posed by these war remnants to civilian populations, particularly in rural areas.

Cambodia is one of the world's worst countries affected by landmines and UXOs, with an estimated 4 million to 6 million landmines and other munitions left over from the conflicts. From 1979 to 2023, landmine and UXO explosions have claimed 19,822 lives and either injured or amputated 45,215 others in Cambodia.

Heng Ratana, the director-general of CMAC, confirmed that the explosion in Sre E village was caused by a war-left landmine. "Children were among the victims," Ratana stated, highlighting the indiscriminate nature of these hidden threats.

The tragic incident serves as a sobering reminder of the ongoing danger posed by landmines and UXOs in Cambodia, particularly in rural areas where people may come into contact with these explosives during their daily activities such as gathering resin in the forest. Efforts to clear these war remnants and educate populations about their risks remain critical to preventing further loss of life and injuries.

Key Takeaways

  • Landmine explosion in Cambodia kills 4, injures 2 while gathering resin.
  • Cambodia remains severely affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance from past conflicts.
  • From 1979-2023, landmine/UXO explosions claimed 19,822 lives and injured/amputated 45,215 others.
  • Explosion caused by war-left landmine, with children among the victims.
  • Ongoing efforts to clear landmines and educate populations are critical to prevent further casualties.