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15 Mar 2018 description

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.

14 Mar 2018 description


↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

12 Mar 2018 description

Regional Summary Week 10

1)Most disasters recorded in Week 10 were still hydro-meteorological in nature. Floods dominated reports from Indonesia, while storms and strong wind struck Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam. No fatalities recorded from these disasters.

2)Following the M 5.2 Earthquake in Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia (8 Mar 2018, 21.06 UTC+8), disruptions to climbing activities in Mount Kinabalu occurred and triggered search and rescue operations. Around 239 climbers and workers were safely recused by local authority.

05 Mar 2018 description

I am pleased to announce a new partnership between the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation.

22 Feb 2018 description

In 2017, millions of people across Asia were once again affected by devastating natural disasters including floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Over the course of the last year, 54 million people were affected by flooding alone, leaving many without homes, possessions and livelihoods. In addition, many parts of the region suffered from drought, resulting in severe food and water shortages.

2017 Year in Review

19 Feb 2018 description

Regional Summary (Week 07)

Most disasters recorded were hydro-meteorological in nature, due to intense rainfall in Indonesia and TS Sanba (Basyang) in Philippines. Concern on Mount Mayon (Philippines) continued, while Mount Agung (Indonesia) erupted again despite alert level being lowered. All disasters are within the capacity of respective ASEAN Member States.

18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

15 Feb 2018 description


14 Feb 2018 description

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

14 Feb 2018 description


  • Latest weather bulletin on Sanba (Basyang) report that the storm has degraded into a Tropical Depression and is moving towards Southern Palawan.

  • Sea travel is best avoided given the storm surge over the seaboards of NorthernLuzon and Palawan, eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and of Visayas, and the eastern and western seaboards of Southern Luzon.

12 Feb 2018 description

Regional Summary for Week 06 (5-11 Feb) & Outlook for Week 07 (12-18 Feb)

  1. Week 06 was dominated by hydro-meteorological disasters, including floods and landslides in Malaysia,
    Indonesia and Philippines. All disasters were within the capacity of government agencies of ASEAN member states. Approximately 974,316 people in ASEAN region were affected.

  2. Alert Status for Mount Agung (Bali, Indonesia) reduced to Alert Level III (Watch) from 10 Feb 2018, with mandatory exclusion zone reduced to 4 km radius (BNPB; PVMBG).

09 Feb 2018 description

Executive summary


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.

09 Feb 2018 description

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.

09 Feb 2018 description

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.

25 Jan 2018 description


Happy New Year, fellow ASEANers!

It is with excitement we bring you our 35th edition.
From The Column’s beginnings in 2015, our goal was to become the number one reference for disaster management in the ASEAN region.

Fast-forward to the new year of 2018 and this optimism lives on. We believe The Column shall not only become the number one reference in ASEAN, but also outside the region, as ASEAN works towards becoming a global leader, as well as a centre for excellence on disaster management.

24 Jan 2018 description

This report evaluates the impact of the natural disasters and extreme weather events that occurred worldwide during 2017 and provides an overview of global economic losses.

23 Jan 2018 description
report Government of Japan

Based on changes in domestic and international trends affecting the refugee recognition system, the Ministry of Justice revised the operations of the refugee recognition system in September 2015 in order to promote prompt and reliable asylum for genuine refugees, and as part of this revision, measures are being implemented in order to curb the abuse or misuse of applications for refugee recognition status, but there has been a persistent surge in the abuse or misuse of applications, resulting in a situation where the prompt protection of genuine refugees has been hindered.