Mine clearing in North almost completed

Report
from Government of Sri Lanka
Published on 29 Apr 2013 View Original

Ninety-five percent of the Confirmed Hazardous area has been cleared of mines, according to the National Mine Action Center which was established in the Economic Development Ministry after the war. The remaining confirmed hazard area (CHA) is only 96 square kilometers as at the end of March 2013. Most of this area is covered with shrubs and jungle.

The massive pace of demining has helped the Government to resettle all IDPs.

The Mine Action Centre's programme still continues with the support of UNDP, UNICEF, donor community, the Sri Lanka Army's Engineering Brigade and national and international de-mining organizations to clear the hazardous area of land mines, anti-personnel mines, booby traps and unexploded ordinance (UXOs) the LTTE had laid during the course of the war

Since the gravity of the problem has gradually been reduced, some of the demining organizations such as Sarvatra, Horizan and MMIPE have already moved out since their jobs have been completed. The remaining organizations are still continuing the tasks assigned to them. After they complete their operations the Army Engineering Brigade, which has the biggest resources pool comprising manual, mechanical mine detection techniques and mine Detecting Dogs (MDD), will take over the responsibility in case the need for more mine clearing arises.

In June 2009, a month after the defeat of LTTE terrorism the Government with the support of donor communities such as, Australia, Japan, China, India, EU, USA, etc, UNDP, UNICEF, national and international mine action operators implemented a comprehensive and rapid de-mining programme to clear the affected areas estimated to be 2064 square kilometers.