Unexploded ordnance left over from the 1999 NATO bombing, is scattered across 150 locations in Serbia, the Beta news agency reported on Wednesday, adding that unexploded ammunition, left over from both world wars, can also be found across the country.
The Serbian government’s Mine Action Centre told the news agency that the unexploded bombs and other weapons were scattered across almost 2.5 million square meters and that most of it were in southern and western Serbia. “We suspect that various types of ammunition and other weapons are spread over an area of 18.5 million square meters around several military storage facilities that were hit by fires,” the Centre said.
The unexploded ordnance is also located at 11 sites at the bottom of the Sava and Danube rivers, including German warships sunk in the Djerdap Gorge outside the town of Prahovo in 1944, 2000-2002 conflicts, are scattered across an area of 2.2 million square meters, particularly in the municipality of Bujanovac.
The Serbian government has earmarked 230,000 euro this year for clearing operations in Bujanovac and funds from the US, Korea and international organizations will be used to clear mines from the area of around 500,000 square meters.
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“Russia is funding a project to remove unexploded ordnance in the area that was contaminated after a fire and explosion at a military warehouse in Paracin, which is over 600,000 square meters. This project began in late August and will last until the end of this year,” the Centre added.
The Mine Action Centre has also drafted projects on the removal of cluster bombs in Sjenica, Nis, and Tutin, but their realization depends on available financial resources.
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