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* Over 300,000 land mines defused so far in Sri Lanka, Army says
Sat, Aug 28, 2010, 07:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army spokesman Major General Ubhaya Medawela told a Sinhala daily The Divaina that about half of the landmines buried by the Tamil rebels, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam had been defused now.

So far 300,500 landmines have been unearthed and a similar amount is expected to be demined in the future.

The official said that the demining has been completed in 1,800 square kilometers so far and further 2,000 square kilometers needed to be demined.

He further said that 1,600 Army personnel are deployed in mine clearing. Seven NGOs are assisting the operations.

Demining operations are carried out in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts, said the newspaper.

According to the Government Agent of Vavuniya Mrs. Mrs. P.S.M. Charles, demining operations have almost been completed in Vavuniya. As of today only one Grama Niladhari Division remains to be demined out of the 102 Grama Niladhari Divisions.



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