NPA Clears Over 8,000 Square Metres of Landmine (ANGOLA)

MALANJE, 10 septembre 2009 (Angola Press Agency/All Africa Global Media) -- A total of 8,354 square metres of land were de-mined in Utende village, Cangandala district,16 kilometres south of Malanje city (northern Angola), in August this year by the Non- Governmental Organisation, Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), Angop learnt Wednesday.


According to NPA's liaison official, Austragildo de Freitas, Utende de-mining project expects to deactivate 91,117 square metres until November this year, stressing that the institution has of late been using a new method called "clearing of land".
The source explained that the new de-mining method boosts the work, as it permits to clear an area of 400 square metres in a two months period, which was impossible using the old methods.

Austragildo de Freitas added that besides de-mining, the institution has also been running awareness campaigns within the communities on areas suspected of having landmines and other explosive devices.

Six anti-personnel landmines and a 60 millimetres mortar have been cleared from the area.

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Von: Angola Press Agency/All Africa Global Media, 10 septembre 2009

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