LUANDA, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- A total of 2.3 million square meters of land have been cleared of mines from 2012 to 2019 in Angola's northern Cuanza Norte province.
The mine clearing effort involved the collection and destruction of 33,147 undetonated explosive devices, according data unveiled on Sunday by Chitavi Lino, head of the National Demining Institute's (INAD) studies, planning, statistics and quality control department.
Fifty-two accidents involving 58 victims, of whom nine were killed and 49 others injured, were recorded in the data.
Data from the INAD also showed that the demining process in Angola has cost more than 500 million U.S. dollars since 2002.
On Nov. 20, 2018, after a Landmine Monitor Report was released in Geneva, Angola requested a deadline extension to clear 1,465 mined areas until January 2026.