Laos will get $90 million from the U.S. to clear unexploded ordnance
The United States will deliver $90 million over the next three years to help Laos clear it unexploded ordnance. The decision was announced during President Barack Obama's first visit to Laos.
The country was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War. From 1964 to 1973, U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on the communist country.
Almost third part of bombs did not explode, according to the Lao National Regulatory Authority for UXO. America's "secret war"
in Laos had left some 80 million unexploded bombs across the country.
And a lot of bombs continued to detonate during decades and have already killed or injured more than 20,000 people.
During the past 20 years the United States has spent nearly $100 million to clear its UXO in Laos. U.S. programmes had helped slash UXO casualties from 300 to less than 50 a year, the White House said in a statement. "The United States is helping Laos clear unexploded ordnance, which poses a threat to people and hampers economic development,"
the Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement.
The help package will also include support for UXO victims, who need rehabilitation services.