ASEAN shows solidarity with earthquake survivors in Lombok, Indonesia – Indonesia
As the ASEAN community commemorates ASEAN’s 51st anniversary last week, August 8, 2018, the region has experienced several concurrent disasters in recent weeks, including severe flooding in the northern region of the ‘ASEAN and a powerful earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia. Earthquakes and aftershocks have occurred in the tourist island of Lombok since late July 2018, with the largest 7M recorded on Sunday August 5, 2018. Almost 400 people have been reported dead, with more than 350,000 people reported dead. been displaced, while the economic loss is estimated at $ 138 million. The ASEAN Humanitarian Coordination Center for Disaster Management (AHA Center) supported government-led emergency response operations, particularly in information management and dissemination, deployment of the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT), as well as the delivery of non-food items. relief items including family tents, portable multiple storage unit, personal hygiene kits and family kits.
The AHA Center facilitated the mobilization of ASEAN relief items from the ASEAN Disaster Emergency Logistics System (DELSA) regional stockpile in Subang to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, through which the The Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority or BNPB chartered planes to pick up the 30 tonnes from ASEAN. relief items in two outings and send them to Lombok, for further distribution to affected communities. The AHA Center regularly monitors regional seismic activity. The exchange of information between the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of the AHA Center and BNPB has intensified since more than 500 earthquakes were recorded in Lombok between July 29, 2018 to date. The extent of the damage creates urgent needs for shelter in the affected areas, which is why BNPB and the AHA Center have mobilized relief items from ASEAN’s emergency stockpile in Malaysia, with the help of Indonesian planes.
Ten ASEAN member states established the AHA Center as the main regional coordinating agency for disaster management within ASEAN. Indonesia has actively participated in the establishment of the Center and has hosted it since its inception in November 2011. The AHA Center is responsible for managing some regional mechanisms, such as the relief assets in Subang, so that they can be used when needed by ASEAN countries.
Upon the arrival of ASEAN relief items today at Lombok Praya International Airport, Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director of the AHA Center, added that “ASEAN relief items belong to all ASEAN countries, including Indonesia. Whenever a disaster strikes and relief items are needed, the ASEAN member state can access the regional stockpile and the AHA center will facilitate its mobilization in affected areas. We would like to thank BNPB for the trust placed in the AHA Center in complementing the country’s rescue efforts on the ground. Our partnership reinforces the vision embodied in the ASEAN Declaration on One ASEAN Response. “
The ASEAN Declaration on One ASEAN Response: ASEAN Responds to Disasters as One in the Region and Outside the Region was signed in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in September 2016 by all. Heads of State / Government of ASEAN member states, including Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The Declaration reiterates the role of the AHA Center as the primary regional coordinating agency for ASEAN in disaster management and emergency response that can provide ASEAN support collectively when a disaster strikes. medium or large-scale occurs in the region.
In addition to mobilizing ASEAN relief items, the AHA Center has also sent its liaison team to the country since August 6 and ASEAN-ERAT since August 8. ASEAN-ERAT, made up of trained people from Malaysia, Singapore and the AHA Center, conducted joint assessments with BNPB and local agencies, in order to be directly exposed to the emergency response underway in Indonesia. The AHA Center also supports the BNPB Data and Information Center with reporting, information management and dissemination. The ongoing mission to Lombok is the Centre’s fifth intervention this year. Since its creation in November 2011, the AHA Center has responded to 23 emergencies in 7 ASEAN countries. BNPB hosts the AHA Center on the 13th floor of the BNPB building in East Jakarta, Indonesia.
About the ASEAN Humanitarian Coordination Center (AHA Center)
The AHA Center is an intergovernmental organization established by ten (10) ASEAN Member States on November 17, 2011 with the aim of facilitating cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations. involved in promoting regional collaboration in disaster management. The AHA Center is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. With support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, the AHA Center manages the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN or DELSA to enable rapid mobilization of ASEAN relief items inside and for ASEAN member states.
For more information about the AHA Center, please contact:
Ms. Shintya Kurniawan
(Communication officer of the AHA Center)
Email: [email protected]