Man cheats death after heavy explosion scare workers in Morobo County

Man cheats death after heavy explosion scare workers in Morobo County

A 51-year-old man narrowly escaped death from a heavy explosion on Saturday that left residents of Morobo County living in fear of threats posed by underground explosives.

Abera Magasah was clearing the bushes to pave way for road construction before his the bulldozer that he was driving went up in the air, rom a heavy explosion after the grader hit an anti-tank mine in Morobo County, Central State (CES).

“The bulldozer was blown off by the anti-tank mine which we suspect was left behind during the war,” Morobo County Commissioner Joseph Okuba told City Review via phone.

The incident happened between Morobo and Byebye Morobo County, along Lotopio and Mohammed Jabir Mountains.

There were no casualties reported though the driver sustained minor injuries.

“The bulldozer was destroyed; the driver fall,” added the commissioner who confirmed that the injured was rushed to Juba Civil Hospital for an X-ray.

Landmines and unexploded bombs still remains a great danger to most South Sudanese villages. Most explosive devices, the remnant of over a decade-long conflict, still liters vast swaths of landscape.

“These anti-tank mines are still under the ground in most parts of the country,” noted the commissioner.

Okuba called on relevant authorities and UN agencies to help join hands and destroy the mines believe dot be littering the area between Lotopio and Mohammed Jabir.

He explained the last time the deminer exercise was conducted in Morobo county was over 10 years ago.

“There are some areas such as Lotokio, Bazi, and Kili that are made, and we are urging the demanders to come and check these areas.

According to UNMAS, landmines have killed 1,404 people in recent years, including more than 250 children, and maimed 3,730.

UNMAS says on its website that more than 18 square kilometres remain to be cleared in South Sudan, without specifying the potential number of devices.

It will take about a decade to destroy the landmines in South Sudan.

UNMAS claims to have cleared more than 90 square kilometres of minefields and battlefields and inspected more than 1,000 square kilometres of suspect areas since 2004.