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PROJECT ESTABLISHMENT

Quang Tri used to be a fierce battle field and mostly devastated during the war time. Almost forty years after the war ended and twenty years of renovation, the provincial socio-economy has grown and developed notably...

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PROJECT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The objective of the project is to set up an annual mines action operations planning process and to integrate into the provincial socioeconomic development planning process...

OBJECTIVES WILL BE MET

Upgrading the capacity of mine action coordination of Quang Tri Province in the cooperation of implementing mine action programs in Quang Tri with the collaboration of Provincial Military Command and relevant departments and agencies...

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QTMAC PROJECT

Establishing Quang Tri Mine Action Center

FACTS AND FIGURES * By Province * Quang Tri Province

 

In general

Tỉnh Quảng Trị

Quang Tri is a north central coast province of Vietnam, located on the geographical coordinates of 16018N to 17010N, 106032E to 107034E; bordered by Quang Binh Province on the North; Hue Province to the South; Lao PDR on the West with 206-kilometer borderline and on the East is the East Sea and a coastline of 75 kilometers.

In 1954, after the Geneva Agreement, the Ben Hai River was chosen as a temporary line of demarcation between the Northern and Southern parts of Vietnam. As the U.S. began to pour troops and supplies into the South, Quang Tri Province and the Demilitarized Zone (or DMZ) soon became the scene of some of the fiercest ground fighting of the Vietnam War, especially from 1966 to the end of the war in 1975.  It was subjected to the heaviest bombing campaign in the history of the world.

After the war, an estimated 800,000 tons out of the 7,8 million tons of munition dropped by U.S forces on Vietnam, failed to detonate, contaminating around 20% of the country. On top of that, is a smaller but unknown amount of unexploded ordnance and weapons used by the both sides on battlefields. The most heavily contaminated province is Quảng Trị, where fighting between U.S. and Vietnamese forces was at its fiercest. Over three decades after the war ended, Quảng Trị province is still affected by explosive remnants of war (ERW), which have killed and injured more than 8,000 people (1.4% of its total population 2011) since 1975. There are a lot of the incidents caused by poor peoples uneducated handling of the explosives to sell for scrap metal. Children under the age of 16 take a high rate, 31% of the total number of victims.

Recently released was a final report of ERW and landmine contamination, based on results of an impact assessment and rapid technical response project known as the Landmine Impact Survey (LIS), conducted by the Technology Centre for Bomb and Mine Disposal (BOMICEN) of the Ministry of Defense, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF). The survey results indicated that out of six provinces in central Vietnam, Quảng Trị province has the highest levels of ERW contamination: approximately 83.8% of the total land area is affected by ERW. These and many other findings indicate, that more than three decades after the war ended, ERW still remain a major threat to the safety of local people in their daily activities, and an obstacle to socio-economic development.

 

Statistic after survey , clearance and risk education activities

 

Mine accidents and victims information in Quang Tri Province

The given statistics is updated up to Mar, 2019 by Quang Tri QTMAC-DBU

 

Quảng Trị Province

Square: 4,747 km2 (474,700 ha)
Population: 600.7 Thousand People (2001)
Capital: Đông Hà 
Demographics: Kinh, Bru-Vân kiều, Hoa, Tà Ôi.
Administrative Division:
  • Town: Quảng Trị
  • Districts: Cam Lộ, Cồn Cỏ, Đakrông, Hải Lăng, Hướng Hóa, Gio Linh, Triệu Phong, Vĩnh Linh.
Map of Quang Tri, Vietnam

Location of Quang Tri Province in Vietnam

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Activity Pictures of Neutralizing the Effect of ERW