Japan’s assistance to AHA Centre is actively used in dealing with Typhoon HAIYAN

25 November, 2013

JAIF sticker is put on the relief items.

    Japan has assisted ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) as part of its cooperation with ASEAN in the area of disaster management. Japan’s assistance to AHA Centre has been utilized in coping with the damages caused by the Typhoon HAIYAN in the Philippines.


On November 7, before the typhoon made its landfall, AHA Centre deployed 2 staff and 2 ASEAN ERAT (Emergency Rapid Assessment Team) members to Manila and Tacloban. The AHA Centre staff assisted the establishment of emergency telecommunication access between Tacloban and NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the Philippines) by using the Inmarsat terminal donated by the Government of Japan. 3 AHA Centre staff continues to stay in the Philippines to coordinate with the Government of the Philippines and to help arrange local procurement of relief items.


The AHA Centre procured locally 2.5 tons of rice and 2.000 bottled drinking water by utilizing the fund for the Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA) which was established in Subang, Malaysia, by Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). These items were handed over to NDRMMC on November 14. In addition, 2.000 packs of Family kit and 1.000 tarpaulins (which covers 5.000 people’s needs) locally procured are on the way to Tacloban.


On November 20, equipments to support the operations in the affected area (office prefab, mobile storage, family tent, diesel generator, office supply kit) were transported through DELSA and arrived in Tacloban. 1 logistic officer from the AHA Centre was onboard on the transporting aircraft.


AHA Centre coordinated the offer of assistance from Brunei and Malaysia to the Philippines by utilizing the Form 4 of the SASOP (Standard operating procedure for regional standby arrangements and coordination of joint disaster relief and emergency response operations) through ASEAN WebEOC.
(*)ASEAN WebEOC is a software customized for ASEAN to enable smooth communication and seamless information sharing between AHA Centre and National Disaster Management Organizations of ASEAN Member States.


AHA Centre obtained satellite imagery of affected areas from Copernicus through ECHO-ERCC and from Sentinel Asia.
(*)The Sentinel Asia initiative is an international project initially put forward by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and endorsed by Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF). Under this initiative, satellite imagery obtained through earth observation satellite is delivered through Internet communication to the Asian countries including those who don’t own their satellite to support disaster management in the region.


AHA Centre daily issues Situation Update which includes assessment of disaster impact, ERAT assessment report, assessment of needs, actions taken and resources mobilized by ASEAN Member States. All the ICT equipments and facilities in AHA Centre were purchased through JAIF.