Jakarta, 10 November 2013 – The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) has been working closely with the government of the Philippines to provide necessary supports and coordinate assistance from ASEAN Member States in the wake of super typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on Friday (8 November). In the last six days the AHA Centre has been monitoring the movements of Haiyan through its Operations Centre in Jakarta and alerted Member States about its possible impacts to the Philippines, and sent an emergency response team to the Philippines.

 A day before the powerful typhoon made its landfall in the Philippines, AHA Centre has prepositioned its team members and the ASEAN Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ASEAN – ERAT) in Manila and Tacloban to coordinate with National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) authorities and discuss possible relief supports for the Philippines. The team in Tacloban helped setting up emergency communications prior to the landfall of Haiyan to help the disaster management office communicating with national government in earliest hours after the typhoon hit. Today (10 November), an additional ASEAN group which consists of the AHA Centre Field Team Leader, ERAT members from Brunei Darussalam, and representative from AADMER Partnership Group is arriving in Tacloban city to assess immediate assistance needed by the disaster management authorities and affected communities. The results of the assessment will be shared to ASEAN Member States and potential assisting entities, to help them deciding the types of assistance to be provided.

“The Philippines has been tested by this super typhoon and by other natural disasters this year. It has been a challenging year, and we feel our profound solidarity with the people of the Philippines”, remarked Said Faisal, the Executive Director of the AHA Centre.  Further he said, “We believe that other neighboring countries in this Region are now also seeking for opportunities to support the Philippines. AHA Centre is ready to send relief assistance, and to facilitate other ASEAN Member States which are willing to send their assistance to the Philippines.”

Said Faisal also thanked the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) of Brunei Darussalam for sending their ASEAN-ERAT Members to support ASEAN’s Emergency Response Operations, the Government of Australia that has provided support for AHA Centre operationalisation, including this Haiyan emergency response operations as well as the Government of Japan for the availability of relief items from the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) that will be mobilised soon.

Following the movement of typhoon Haiyan to Viet Nam this morning, the AHA Centre has also been closely monitoring its possible impacts, and is on standby to provide necessary assistance when required. AHA Centre conducts its day-to-day operations in Jakarta, Indonesia. As mandated by the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), the Centre serves as the regional hub for disaster risk monitoring and analysis, and a coordination engine to ensure ASEAN’s fast and collective response to disasters within the region. AHA Centre was officially launched on 17 November 2011 and since then has responded to seven disaster emergencies in the ASEAN region, including the recent earthquake in central Philippines. ASEAN is comprised of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.


For further information on AHA Centre and its operations in the Philippines, please contact:

Asri Wijayanti

AHA Centre Communications Officer

+62 21 2305006





PHILIPPINES. Typhoon HAIYAN has developed its strength and estimated to enter Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) early on 8 November 2013. This Typhoon falls into Category IV typhoon (super typhoon) that is predicted to bring sustained wind of 249 km/h with wind gusts up to 305 km/h.AHA Centre is closely monitoring the situation. We will share more updates through our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You may view our Flash Update for more information.

Haiyan Flash Update-1.


Hanoi (12/10/2013) – Vietnam will host the ASEAN Disaster Emergency Response Simulation Exercise (code named ARDEX-13), which aims to practice, assess and review disaster emergency response mechanisms under the ASEAN Standby Arrangements and Standard Operating Procedures. The Exercise is also expected to strengthen ASEAN’s collective response to massive disasters in the Region. ARDEX is organised based on the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER),  which mandates the strengthening of the emergency response to disaster and humanitarian assistance coordination. This year’s ARDEX will be held on 21-24 October in Hanoi, Vietnam, and will be the first time to test the operational capability of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) since its establishment in November 2011.

ARDEX-13 will use the scenario of Super Typhoon ‘Neptune’, which makes a landfall in the area of Northern Delta Provinces of Viet Nam causing a large scale of inundation impacting dike systems and takes thousands of lives, while ten thousands peoples are affected by collapsed houses and flooding are in need of emergency assistance. At the strategic level, ARDEX-13 will focus on practicing, evaluating and reviewing the SASOP mechanisms to share and exchange disaster information, request and offer assistance, conduct joint emergency rapid assessment, and receive assistance. At the tactical level, ARDEX-13 will focus on disaster rescue and relief operations performed jointly by Viet Nam as the host country and the participating ASEAN Member States. The lessons in organisation, direction, and coordination will be compiled to further improve SASOP and actual joint response to disasters.

Activities of ARDEX-13 will include:

  • Mechanism exercise: (1) communication exercise that will be held on 17 October 2013 to send the information to AHA Centre and ASEAN Member States and to request for assistance; (2) Customs, Immigrations, and Quarantine (CIQ) exercise that will be held on 20 October 2013 to test the entry procedure for search and rescue forces and equipments; (3) workshops on 21, 22 October 2013 to discuss on Vietnam disaster management system, AHA Centre operationalisation, AADMER Working Programme, and ASEAN Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ERAT) Refresher Course; (4) ERAT simulation exercise on 20 and 23 October; and (5) Evaluation of ARDEX-13 (24/10).
  • Simulation Exercise on 23 October 2013: search and rescue forces from ASEAN countries to coordinate in specific scenarios and medical assistance at the site. There will be four scenarios in the exercise; (1) evacuation, rescue people in flooded areas, (2) search and rescue in collapsed buildings, (3) search and rescue in chemical incidents, (4) field hospital. Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will participate in scenarios 2, 3, and 4 with fully-equipped forces and logistics. There will also be observers from the countries of Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States, United Nations organizations, the civil society organizations, and other international organizations.

To prepare for ARDEX-13, beside having direct supports from the AHA Centre, Vietnam Government has established the ARDEX-13 Steering Committee which include Reprentatives of Ministries, Sectors, and Hanoi City Government.

The ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) was signed by the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN in July 2005 at Vientiane, Lao aims to setting up an effective coordination mechanism to minimize damage to the economy-society-environment of the countries in ASEAN.  As in previous ARDEX 2005 in Malaysia, ARDEX 2006 in Cambodia, ARDEX 2007 in Singapore, and ARDEX 2008 in Thailand, ARDEX-13 will directly benefit ASEAN Member Countries on information sharing, search and rescue coordination, and humanitarian assistance in disaster emergency response.

For further information about the exercise, please visit ARDEX Official Website;, or contact Standing Office of Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control (Mr. Nguyen Hiep, tel. (84-4) 37335696, email:, or the AHA Centre (Ms. Asri Wijayanti, tel. (62-21) 230 5006, email:


Situation Update No. 01: Recent Floods and Tropical Storms Affect Five ASEAN Countries

Southwest Monsoon, Typhoon USAGI, Tropical Depression EIGHTEEN (18) and Tropical Storm WUTIP in the last two weeks have affected five ASEAN Member States; Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. AHA Centre has been closely monitoring the situation and up to this date (3 October, 2013), recorded that the disasters has taken 106 lives, and affected nearly 5.3 million people across the five countries.  In some areas, damage assessment and relief efforts are still being conducted by the responding agencies to help the victims.

We report detailed information on the impacts of the disasters at the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet), which can be accessed at To download the summary of the disaster, you may click here.

Summary of Disaster Impacts by 3 October 2013  (Source: AHA Centre)

Summary of Disaster Impacts by 3 October 2013
(Source: AHA Centre)

Tropical Depression EIGHTEEN Affected ASEAN Member States

AHA Centre Operations Room has been observing the development of Tropical Depression EIGHTEEN at the South China Sea

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (20/09/2013) – A Tropical Depression has occurred in South China Sea and made a landfall on 18 September 2013. The AHA Centre has been closely monitoring the situation, and discovered that the Tropical Depression has been bringing high rain intensity to several areas in Thailand, Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Cambodia. Flooding, high wind and landslide were reported from those affected areas. The AHA Centre records detailed information on the impacts of the tropical depression in the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet).

In Thailand, today the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported that the provinces of Phitsanulok, Ayutthaya, Angthong, Kalasin, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani was hit by flash floods triggered by continuing heavy rain. In previous days, starting from 16 September 2013, DDPM also reported that four other provinces; Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, Phitchit, and Loei have also been hit by floods. As per 20 September 2013,  over 3,800 families have been affected and 1,000 houses damaged.

In Viet Nam, the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control (CCFSC) reported that the provinces of Nge An, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Binh, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Thu Thien Hue and Ha Tinh have been affected. Casualties are reported, with 3 death, 13 missing, 4 injured and 4,858 houses inundated.

In Lao PDR, the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) – Department of Social Welfare reported that the areas of Champasack, Saravanne, Sekong and Attapeu have been affected by the Tropical Depression, causing  2 death and 13,746 people affected.Local disaster management agencies are working together in providing necessary emergency relief operation and evacuation.

In Cambodia, the Tropical Depression has developed heavy rains that affected the provinces of Ratanakiri, Ouddoy Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey

Currently, the AHA Centre is monitoring this situation closely in coordination with respective National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs), as well as monitoring the possible impacts of Typhoon Odette (“USAGI”) that approaches the Philippines area and may continue towards Viet Nam.

Introduction of ASEAN WebEOC Systems to National Disaster Management Offices


The workshop participants with their certificates

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (19/09/2013) – Sixteen representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) have accomplished a workshop on the Introduction of ASEAN WebEOC System for disaster management yesterday (18/09/2013). The three-day workshop, which was organised by the AHA Centre in Jakarta from 16 to 18 September 2013 provided an overview and basic skill on the utilisation of WebEOC systems for a more concerted disaster management efforts.

Professor Dr. Haruo Hayashi of the Kyoto University Disaster Prevention Research Institute and Mr. Shane Booker of Intermedix as the core trainers shared the knowledge on how WebEOC as a web-enabled crisis info management system provides a platform for real-time information sharing between organizations. Participants also learned about the features in the ASEAN WebEOC, which currently are being developed by the AHA Centre under the Establishment of an Integrated Information and Communication Technology to strengthen the operation of AHA Centre-Phase II (the AHA Centre ICT-Phase II) project. To enrich their perspectives on how the WebEOC is used, they also learned about how WebEOC was utilised in AHA Centre’s disaster emergency response operations.

The workshop also yielded the opportunity to the participants to get acquainted with their ICT for disaster management practitioners peers, and build the network of WebEOC users in ASEAN Region. Ms. Adelina Kamal, the Head of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) of the ASEAN Secretariat remarked, “what is important from this training is the opportunity to establish people-to-people connection among the disaster management practitioners. With such good connections, we can work better to enhance the disaster management in the Region.”

The ICT Phase II Project is a 18-month Project is supported by the Government of Japan. It aims to establish connectivity of the AHA Centre with all of national disaster management offices (NDMOs), to ensure that all necessary data and information can be exchanged between the AHA Centre and NDMOs during disaster and non-disaster situation, and to enhance capacity of the AHA Centre related to ICT and connectivity.”The ICT Phase II is to connect the AHA Centre and NDMOs of ASEAN Member States in order to get quicker and more coordinated effective response in disaster”, Ms. Takako Ito, the Minister Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan to ASEAN remarked upon the conclusion of the workshop.