Friday, September 29th 2023

UNICEF warns of danger of landmines in cyclone Mocha-hit areas

UNICEF Myanmar has warned the public to be careful about the danger of landmines in the clearance of debris in the wake of cyclone Mocha.

Landmines and explosive ordnance may move from original places to other places due to heavy rain, flood and landslide during the cyclone. UNICEF Myanmar warns the public to report to relevant organizations when suspicious materials are found.

Over 60 per cent of the landmine incidents reported this year occurred in areas hit by the cyclone Mocha, the UNICEF Myanmar warns.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and international organizations working in the country have issued warnings about the risk of landmines.

UNICEF and community volunteers are working together to provide explosive ordnance risk education for the safe clearance of landmines in the aftermath of cyclone Mocha.

According to the military council’s report, the Arakan State was hit hard by cyclone Mocha which affected 1,156,796 people and killed 148 others.

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