The National Inter-sectoral Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH) announced Tuesday that 45 out of a total of 143 areas cleared of landmines have already been verified in the Angolan south province of Cunene.

Speaking in Ondjiva the capital of Cunene, CNIDAH officer Mario Satipamba stressed that the action falls under the national plan to update and verify the demined areas started in 2016 throughout the country.

The official added that the action that is also taking place in other provinces of Angola aims to update the national database of demining services.

According to the demining program, at least 6.5 million square meters of land in the province of Cunene are expected to be cleared of landmines this year.

The program which counts on the technical support of the British mine action operator “The Halo Trust”, involves the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) Brigade and the National Demining Institute in the region (INAD).

Data from the National Demining Conference held in Luanda in June this year indicated that between 1996 and 2017 nearly 3. 5 billion square meters were cleared of landmines in Angola.

The presence of landmines in Angola is a result of nearly 40 years of civil war ended in 2002 in the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh