14m Undetected mines in Iran

30 November 2004 | 12:02 Code : 4505 Geoscience events
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Iran daily, Islamic Republic, known as the second largest mine-infested country worldwide, is believed to have more than 14 million yet undetected mines, remaining from the 1980-88 Iraq-imposed war in border areas.
Iran daily, Islamic Republic, known as the second largest mine-infested country worldwide, is believed to have more than 14 million yet undetected mines, remaining from the 1980-88 Iraq-imposed war in border areas.
   Secretary of the Regional Conference on Prevention and Treatment of Mine Injuries, Mohammad Reza Soroush, added, "Hundreds of, civilians are killed or maimed by j ~he explosives planted in ; border areas during the war. Border provinces including West Azarbaijan, Kurdestan, Kermanshah, Ilam and Khuzestan are the most contaminated zones. Close to six million hectares of border areas are still infested with mines."
   He said the majority of inhabitants in these areas are farmers. "Therefore, any physical disabilities caused by mines would disrupt their active lives. The phenomenon also imposes heavy costs on the government each year for the treatment and rehabilitation of the individuals wounded by e the explosives," he added. The War Disabled Engineering and Medical Sciences' Research Centre sponsored the conference which was held in Tehran on November 26 with the support of the Trauma Care Facility as well as a number of state-run and non-governmental organizations. "The conference was aimed at updating reports on measures adopted by Iran in recent years to educate locals and prevent mine incidents. The event also examined establishment of a regional network for education, treatment and rehabilitation of mine injured people by Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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