Land mines injure 1,800
[TamilNet, Friday, 10 July 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Over 1800 civilians have lost a limb due to land mines in Jaffna during the last 6 years, said Lankadeepa, the Sinhala daily with the largest circulation in Sri Lanka today, quoting a survey conducted in connection with the removal of land mines there.
The paper said, according to the survey, 1448 of them are males below the age of 30.
According to Dr. N. Sivarajah, of the University of Jaffna, between 80 and 100 victims of pressure mines are reported every month in Jaffna.
Last Monday the Department of Community Medicine, University of Jaffna, and UNICEF jointly organised a seminar on educating the public on deactivating buried pressure mines.
09.07.98 Mine clearing delayed