Before Disaster Strikes

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Issue 06
October 2020
Before Disaster Strikes
Building Resilience
Inside this Edition
14 Dec 2022
Disaster, Education, Gender
Inclusion of Women and Girls as Both Targets and Agents of Humanitarian Response

Women are disproportionately affected by natural disasters. This statement is as irrefutable as it is disquieting.

20 Oct 2020
ASEAN Aspires to be the Global Leader in Disaster Management

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most disasterprone regions in the world. From 2012 to 2018,1,218 disasters occurred in the region, causing an estimated yearly damage of 15.9 billion US dollars, three times ASEAN’s collective annual GDP.

14 Oct 2020
Disaster, Social Protection
ASEAN Training Centre For Social Workers: Social Protection and Social Resilience in Disaster Situations

Countries around the globe face various types of catastrophic disasters. Tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, cyclones, typhoons, floods, drought, and other climate change-related hazards are among the most common natural disasters. Their intensity and unpredictability have resulted in great loss of lives and damages to property and infrastructure.

14 Oct 2020
Myanmar Unified Platform for Disaster Risk Application: A Decision Support Tool for Risk Informed Development Planning and Implementation

Myanmar, which has a very long coastal line at 2,228 kilometers, is mainly exposed to water-related disasters. The decade before Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar in 2008, large-scale disasters had been occurring in three- to five- year intervals.

14 Oct 2020
Can ASEAN Respond to a Slow-Onset Disaster?

“One ASEAN, One Response” is far from just a tagline. It is a well thought out concept born out of a necessity to connect the real disaster experience from ground zero to the highest level of the diplomatic arena in ASEAN. It was borne from ASEAN’s experience in its response to the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones known to mankind that killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines.

9 Oct 2020
Disaster, Environment
Ready for the Dry Years: Regional action to adapt to drought

Over the period 2015-2020, Southeast Asia faced its most severe droughts in decades, with devastating impacts. No country in our region has been spared. If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, our news headlines would have been dominated by drought impacts and recovery.

9 Oct 2020
As Typhoons Hit the Region ASEAN is Prepared to Respond

Super Typhoon Goni slammed the northeastern coast of the Philippines on the first day of November. The country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that as of 4 November, the typhoon had caused at least 20 deaths and affected more than two million people in 12 regions.