ASEAN Eyes June Launch of Disaster Coordinating Center

    A center created by leaders of Southeast Asian countries to coordinate disaster management in the region is set to become operational in June 2011.

    The ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management will be based in Indonesia, according to news agencies.

    The center was established by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a bid to promote closer and more efficient coordination among ASEAN member countries, the U.N. and other international organizations in terms of handling regional disasters.

    “The AHA Center is also expected to become a coordination and information center for disaster handling in ASEAN,” Agung Laksono, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for people`s welfare, said Jan. 27, according to ANTARA News.

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