Halo Trust demining group at work in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 24 June 2003, 14:36 GMT]
During the past seven months, the international mine-action group known as Halo Trust has removed about 4657 explosives buried in ten zones in the Jaffna district, manually as well as using machinery, said the group’s administrative head in Jaffna, Mr. Sankar Jeyakumar.

Mr. Jeyakumar said that machinery was used to remove explosives buried in an area of 7565 square meters.

Four thousand, one hundred and eighty-three (4183) anti-personnel mines and six (6) anti-tank mines were removed during the seven month period, he added.

Sources said that parts of Irupalai, Kaithadi, the Open University premises in Jaffna and Muhamalai areas were cleared of mines and unexploded ordnances.

According to Mr. Jeyakumar, Navanthurai, Ariyalai and some parts of Irupalai in the Jaffna district are currently being demined.


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