Dozens of leftover war mortar shells found in Quang Tri

Dozens of mortar shells left behind from the war were unearthed and dealt with by competent agencies in Tan Thanh commune, Huong Hoa district, the central province of Quang Tri, on March 21.

A company found 65 mortar shells of different types while constructing a road in Tan Thanh's Co Thanh village. The shells were moved to a disposal site for safe destruction.

Earlier, on March 13, a resident in Quang Tri's Gio Linh district discovered 25 mortar shells as he dug a foundation for his house. The ordnance was safely removed.

Quang Tri is the most severely contaminated locality for bombs and mines across Vietnam. It has recorded over 3,400 deaths and 5,100 injured people caused by UXO.

In 1996, Quang Tri became the first province nationwide to launch an international cooperation project on overcoming the consequences of UXO.

Over the past 23 years, Quang Tri has mobilised over 80 million USD from sponsors, domestic, and foreign organisations to the effort.

Source: People's Army Newspaper