Wednesday, July 06, 2016

First Minefield Cleared by Cambodian HeroRats

Cambodia’s landmine problem is the product of a civil war that spanned three decades. The mines can remain active for up to 50 years after they are laid and at least 67,000 people in Cambodia have been killed or injured by landmines and UXO since 1979. A team of HeroRATs in Cambodia have officially cleared their first minefield at Khnar Phtou. The rats have cleared over 89,000 square meters in just 31 days. One MDR can search up to 200 square meters in 20 minutes – this would take a manual deminer with a metal detector up to 4 days.

"APOPO (an acronym for Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling: "Anti-Personnel Landmines Removal Product Development" in English) is a registered Belgian NGO which trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis. APOPO's mission is to develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems." - Wikipedia

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