Landslides raise Fears about Landmines Surfacing

January 24, 2015 11:00 AM

minesAs if the deadly flooding inundating much of the Balkans wasn’t alarming enough, rescuers must now grapple with another concern: the risk of landmines from the Bosnian war resurfacing.

“A vast number of landslides have worsened the situation and relief efforts,” the Red Cross said.

“There are reports that landmines buried during the conflict and not yet removed are in some instances being shifted with the landslides, adding (to) the dangers of people living in the areas as well as rescuers,” the Red Cross said.

“We cannot say exactly what happened with the mine fields,” Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. He warned that the mines were likely displaced in the flooding along with signs warning of mines in the area. “The system of the mine fields (was) under control, and had warnings marks are now actually removed,” Izetbegovic said.

 

(Source: BBC)

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