New US Ambassador paid a visit to UXO Lao’s Technical Survey Site in Savannakhet Province
On 4 November 2016, the new US Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Ms. Rena Bitter, paid a visit to a UXO Lao technical survey (TS) site in Tam Louang village, Nong district, Savannakhet province.
Ambassador Bitter was able to observe the field base team operating in the site to survey and generate the boundary of UXO contamination, established as Confirmed Hazardous Area (CHA), and logged for later clearance.
She was briefed by the TS team leader Mr. Chonevilay SOULINTHONG at the start of her visit. The team had begun working on the site on 31 October 2016, with five cluster munitions or bombies (type BLU 26) found so far. Some parts of the site are covered by dense jungle which causes problems for the team. The team leader said that this could be helped by having a vegetation-cutting team to support the work. This would increase the pace of the survey and clearance.
Before leaving the site, the Ambassador was given the chance to activate the detonation of all five cluster bombs that the team found on that day (see picture).