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All women disaster rescue team launched in Kozhikode

The Kudumbashree District Mission launched an all-women disaster response team on 1 October, a day before the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in Kozhikode, Kerala.

SNS | New Delhi |

The Kudumbashree District Mission launched an all-women disaster response team on 1 October, a day before the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in Kozhikode, Kerala.

Named as ‘Pink Alert’, it is the first ever women-only disaster response team in India according to the Mission. The team is part of the Disaster and Relief Cell of Kudumbashree and has 100 members.

The team, which has come up under the Kozhikode Corporation Kudumbashree CDS, will follow the guidelines of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

The formation of the all-women disaster response team comes after the major floods that battered the state in August. Kozhikode was one of the worst hit districts in the state during the floods.

The focus of the ‘Pink Alert’ will be on saving the lives of women and children, who are always the most affected and most helpless during any calamity or disaster.

Members of the team come from various neighbourhoods in Kozhikode and belong to the age group of 25 to 45 who are selected on the basis of their health and willingness to volunteer for service.

Wearing pink-and-white-coloured overcoat with a maroon cap and brown canvas shoes, the disaster response team will operate even outside the district when needed.

They will be trained by officials from various governmental and non-governmental organisations.

A two-day residential camp for the volunteers will be held soon under the aegis of Trauma Care to prepare them for the job ahead.

The disaster response team was launched by Kozhikode Thottathil Raveendran, Mayor, Kozhikode Corporation.