Andy Smith
MIne-action specialist
 

Mined area Indicators – Abandoned building

 

 

Sheet 31     Abandoned building
(Page 1)

The picture shows a building that was abandoned fifteen years before. The bullet marks and the rubble are indications that it was damaged during fighting. A demining team have cleared around the building but have not yet cleared the house itself.
Door and window frames have a value and are often taken for use in other buildings. The fact that they are still present may be an indication that local people avoid the place.

Suggested message(s):

  • Avoid all buildings that show signs of fighting and have been abandoned.

 

 

Sheet 32     Abandoned building
(Page 2)

The picture illustrates the various munitions and a surface to air missile launcher that were found inside the building.

Against the wall outside the building is a collection of UXO almost buried in the leaves.

Suggested message(s):

  • Never go inside a building damaged by battle and abandoned.
  • Do not go close to the building because explosive items left over from the fighting may be outside the building.

 

 

Mined area
warning signs

 

Areas without
signs

 

Informal
warning
signs

 

Roads in
rural areas

 

 

Improvised devices
on roads

 

Surveyor's stick
scene

 

Fighter plane
scenario

 

Abandoned
grazing land

 

Tank
Scene

 

 

Washout
Scene

 

Embankment
Scene

 

Destroyed
train

 

Abandoned
building

 

Transporter
Scene

 

Angola bush
Scene

 

Power-line
Scene

 

Burnt-off
area

 

Trench
Scene

 

 

Angola
bush 2

 

OZM
Scene

 

Small
fuzes

 

 

How mines
age

 

Other common
AP mines

 

Other common
ordnance

 

Other common
indicators

 

Ammunition
dump

 

Mine
injuries

 

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