Verification of clearance of route leading into Rubkona airstrip extension near Bentiu

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Verification of clearance of route leading into Rubkona airstrip extension near Bentiu, by UNMAS and contractor TDI. The extension came as an UNMISS directive, with the goal of allowing for greater capacity and heavier payloads in aircraft providing Mission and Humanitarian support and supplies. UNMAS was requested to ensure clearance of the area (verify it clear of UXO and other ERW and explosive materials) prior to the commencement of engineering work.

The team uses a roller for a first sweep of the area, before deploying on-foot human searchers and sweepers into the area. The roller is driven in front of a Casspir, a mine-protected vehicle. More rollers are expected in the near future; the new rollers are more advanced and can control the profiling of the ground array and the ground pressure rating.