US firm trains bomb-finding experts in Laos

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unexploded-ordnanceUS-based geophysics firm Aqua Survey is using Laos to train its staff and fine-tune its technology of finding unexploded objects in an aim to use the know-how to clean areas in Cambodia, Africa and Central Asia of bombs, local media reported.

In Laos, there are an estimated 80 million unexploded bombs with sizes ranging from tennis-ball sized cluster bombs up to 250-, 500- and 1,000-pounders, lying buried in Laos’ soil. They were dropped by the US army during the Vietnam war when a part of the Ho Chi Minh trail ran over Laos territory.

In average, there are two to three explosions a week in Laos, Aqua Survey says, when the bombs are found by a child or hit by a farmer’s  plow or a vehicle. The undetected bombs are also a special threat for mining companies, some of which have been approaching Aqua Survey to clear their territory.

The firm’s detection equipment includes a transmitting coil that sends an electromagnetic pulse into the ground and another coil that receives the resulting secondary current, which is computer-logged and analysed later.

A European company operating in Cambodia is arranging for Aqua Survey to go to Cambodia to train Cambodian bomb squads for the work. In turn, the Cambodian government wants to send its experts to help Mozambique and other African countries find unexploded ordnance.

Aqua Survey is also running a fundraising campaign for the COPE Center in Vientiane, Laos, which can manufacture and fit a prosthetic leg for just $75 for those who have lost their limbs when stepping on an unexploded bomb.

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US-based geophysics firm Aqua Survey is using Laos to train its staff and fine-tune its technology of finding unexploded objects in an aim to use the know-how to clean areas in Cambodia, Africa and Central Asia of bombs, local media reported.

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unexploded-ordnanceUS-based geophysics firm Aqua Survey is using Laos to train its staff and fine-tune its technology of finding unexploded objects in an aim to use the know-how to clean areas in Cambodia, Africa and Central Asia of bombs, local media reported.

In Laos, there are an estimated 80 million unexploded bombs with sizes ranging from tennis-ball sized cluster bombs up to 250-, 500- and 1,000-pounders, lying buried in Laos’ soil. They were dropped by the US army during the Vietnam war when a part of the Ho Chi Minh trail ran over Laos territory.

In average, there are two to three explosions a week in Laos, Aqua Survey says, when the bombs are found by a child or hit by a farmer’s  plow or a vehicle. The undetected bombs are also a special threat for mining companies, some of which have been approaching Aqua Survey to clear their territory.

The firm’s detection equipment includes a transmitting coil that sends an electromagnetic pulse into the ground and another coil that receives the resulting secondary current, which is computer-logged and analysed later.

A European company operating in Cambodia is arranging for Aqua Survey to go to Cambodia to train Cambodian bomb squads for the work. In turn, the Cambodian government wants to send its experts to help Mozambique and other African countries find unexploded ordnance.

Aqua Survey is also running a fundraising campaign for the COPE Center in Vientiane, Laos, which can manufacture and fit a prosthetic leg for just $75 for those who have lost their limbs when stepping on an unexploded bomb.

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