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Saturday 8 April 2017

Boom! Don't go blundering about in the Vietnamese countryside

Vietnam is a superb holiday destination. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City are all magnets for vacationers. The weather is great, the food is fabulous and prices affordable. 

One thing visitors should not do, however, is blunder into rough terrain, particular in the central regions of the country. 

It is estimated the 800,000 tonnes of unexploded ordinance was left around the country at the conclusion of the Vietnam/American War. 

More than six million hectares of the land is the country in mine and bomb polluted - accounting for 18.82% of Vietnam's total area, the Vietnam News reported. 

An astonishing 100,000 people have been killed and injured since the war ended, as a result of UXO explosions, many in the former DMZ, and particularly around Quang Tri. 

The US Army used more than 13.5 million tonnes of explosives during its failed war campaign and around 5% of it remains unexploded today. So be sure to look out when tramping about.  

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