Typhoon Haiyan was a natural disaster on a catastrophic scale. How did Asean react to this, and how good were its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts?
At the end of October 2013, the Vietnamese government, together with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), successfully organised the ASEAN Disaster Emergency Response Simulation Exercise (ARDEX-13) in Hanoi’s Bavi district. The four-day civilian-military exercise, the largest in Asean, was last held in 2008 in Rayong, Thailand. Joined by all Asean member states, UN agencies and international observers, ARDEX- 13’s objective was to practice, assess and review the existing Standard Operating Procedure for Regional Standby Agreements and Coordination of Joint Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Operations (Sasop) under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) framework.
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