How many people were injured or killed by mines, cluster munitions, and other explosive remnants of war in the reporting period compared to previous years?
High numbers of casualties were recorded in 2016, with a total of at least 8,605 people killed or injured by landmines, including improvised landmines, as well as unexploded cluster submunitions, and other explosive remnants of war (ERW)—henceforth mines/ERW.
This was another increase in the number of recorded casualties, following the sharp rise in 2015 when there were 6,967 casualties.
This continued increase in 2016 was largely a result of more mine/ERW casualties recorded in countries experiencing armed conflict. The casualty total in 2016 is the second highest of all years in Monitor data except for 1999—the first year of Monitor recording. It also marked the highest number of casualties caused by improvised mines on record for the Monitor.
Of the total of 8,605 mine/ERW casualties the Monitor recorded for 2016, at least 2,089 people were killed and another 6,491 people were injured; for 25 casualties, it was not known if the person survived or was killed.
Previous annual totals are adjusted based on newly available data
(Last updated based on Landmine Monitor 2017.)