Asean response centre at the ready for multiple crises

Agency says its ability to mobilise rapidly comes down to preparation and planning

The disaster monitoring room of the AHA Centre in Jakarta. The centre's offices - staffed by 27 experts, including logistics specialists and disaster monitoring experts - are anything but relaxed. Work to set up the centre began in earnest after the
The disaster monitoring room of the AHA Centre in Jakarta. The centre's offices - staffed by 27 experts, including logistics specialists and disaster monitoring experts - are anything but relaxed. Work to set up the centre began in earnest after the 2004 tsunami.PHOTO: AHA CENTRE

As floods and earthquakes rock South-east Asia, a plucky, little known disaster management agency is coming into its own.

For the first time since 2011, when its doors opened in Jakarta on the 13th floor of Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management, the Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) is taking on multiple calamities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'Asean response centre at the ready for multiple crises'. Print Edition | Subscribe