More than 42,000 people were killed in Vietnam by ammunition remained active since the end of the war with the United States in 1973, Western media reported citing the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Monday.
In addition, nearly 62,000 people were injured in the explosions, said the head of the Vietnamese government.
Previously, Mr. Dung said that the U.S. military had used 15 million tons of bombs and shells against Vietnam during the conflict. Now the country is home to about 800,000 tons of unexploded ordnance.
According to Mr Dung, it will take a hundred years to dismantle the legacy of Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War, which lasted from 1959 to 1975, is considered one of the bloodiest military conflicts of the second half of the twentieth century. A total of 58,000 U.S. soldiers were killed during the conflict, while 1,800 others are still missing. Vietnam, for its part believes his loss of life at a million combatants and four million civilians.