HI READERS, With 2018 almost halfway done, June's edition of The Column brings a range of fresh news and insights to keep you up-to-date with all disaster-related events and activities from within the ASEAN region and beyond. Volume 39, brought to you by the AHA Centre, will keep you reading busily with a variety of content touching on many aspects of our all-important disaster management work.
Regional Summary (Week 22)
1) Hydro-meteorological disasters continue to dominate in ASEAN countries in Week 22, with floods, strong wind, storm surge in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia due to the start of Tropical Depression 5 (TD-5)
2) TD-5 is currently in the sea of Viet Nam and moving north towards China. Government of Viet Nam is undertaking necessary preparedness activities (VDMA). See Page 2 for TD-5 forecast.
Volume 38 of the AHA Centre'ss monthly newsletter is here.
We present you stories of the 9th ASEAN-ERAT induction course, our interview with H.E. Ursula Mueller - the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, and more.
By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia
It is imperative that every child, adolescent and pregnant woman in the WHO South-East Asia Region receives the life-saving benefits vaccines provide.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States of the Association are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. ASEAN collectively has a population of over 600 million people with the third largest labour force in the world, and by 2050, ASEAN is expected to rank as the fourth-largest economy in the world. Yet, ASEAN is also the most natural disaster-prone region in the world.
Message from the APCC Executive Director
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As part of its ongoing efforts to assist displaced populations in Myanmar's Rakhine State, the AHA Centre deployed ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) personnel to Myanmar from the 15th - 31st of January 2018.
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Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia must take a strong stand against ongoing crimes against humanity targeting Rohingya in Myanmar as they meet this weekend, Amnesty International said.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto political leader, is expected to attend the ASEAN-Australia Summit, taking place in Sydney on 17-18 March.
This book explains the fundamental reason for the establishment of the AHA Centre and how the Centre has evolved through 5 years of experience in carrying out its roles and mandate.
Foreword from the Chair of ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and AADMER Conference of the Parties, 2016
Typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name, ‘Yolanda’), made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It is considered to be one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in world history, based on maximum wind speed, with a wind gust reaching up to 320 km/hour at its peak.
ERAT FAQ is a handbook that contains information about the history, deployment mechanism, training and other important information of ASEAN-ERAT. The handbook will be useful to help new ERAT members understand their roles and functions better.
The AJDRP (ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan) book is the published version of the ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan that was endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) meeting in Manado, Indonesia, on October 2016. The plan contains multiple large scale disaster scenarios and list of assets that can be mobilised by the member states in the event of large-scale disasters. The goal of the Plan is to provide a common framework to deliver a timely, at-scale and joint response through mobilisation of required assets and capacities.
Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.