Angola : Over 5,000 Landmines Destroyed in 2010

Luanda — A total of 5,512 landmines, 4,989 of which anti-personnel and 523 anti-tanks, were cleared and destroyed in Angola’s 17 provinces in 2010. The information is contained in a report from the Executive Commission for Demining that reached Angop on Friday in Luanda.

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According to the source, the operation was carried out by the Executive Commission for Demining that includes the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), the National Reconstruction Office, National Demining Institute (INAD), Border Police, demining NGOs and privately owned companies.

The Executive Commission report says that during the period in respect 59.909 unexploded ordnances were destroyed, in addition to 554,682 kilograms of lethal material and 1.7 million kilograms of diverse metals collected from all provinces of Angola, except Namibe. This followed a strong engagement of the State that involved about 4,000 men grouped in 53 manual brigades, two mechanised and privately owned demining firms.

The source also said the operation included the clearing of 1,047 kilometres of road, 137 kilometres of high tension electricity transportation line and 737 kilometres of fibre optic, all in 2010. According to the report, 76.0 million square metres were demined in the period in respect, and 9,072 people were sensitised, including 2,003 women and 4,945 children.

There were accidents with explosive devices, resulting in the injury of 19 people, killing of eight and destruction of three vehicles, it was also said.

The Executive Commission says that the whole programme included training of 397 specialists, including 101 in leadership, 11 in research and quality control, 31 in handling of mechanised equipment and 51 in logistics management. Another 88 people were trained in basics for sapper, 115 for demolition and technicians upgrading, including repair and maintenance of equipment.

Source : ANGOP

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