TAPOVAN: The district magistrate of Chamoli, Swati Bhadauria, has been working constantly since the devastating flash flood struck the state on Sunday, answering on an average of 100-150 calls daily.
Unprecedented as she called it, she said, "More than mine, hundreds of other lives have been affected irreversibly. I am trying to do as much as I can."
Her three and a half-year-old son, Abhyuday, was able to join her in Joshimath only on February 10, three days after she had rushed to Tapovan where the flash floods wreaked havoc.
A B Tech degree holder in electronics and communication, the officer faced verbal and physical heckling by the media, and the local residents calmly.
On asking how she did that, she said, "I have to focus on my work which is -- rescue and relief. One should not lose cool because that will affect efficiency. Also, I understand what the people are going through and we all are trying to help each other as much as we can."
It was the seventh wedding anniversary of the DM Bhadauria on February 9 when she was occupied with rescue and relief work.
Her husband Nitin Bhadauria and she wished each other on phone. "We both know our job involves great deal of responsibility and requires resilience. These are hard times and people are more important," said the DM, who manages the rescue and relief work along with the administration from Joshimath.
She thanked her staff and her husband Nitin Bhadauria, a 2011 batch IAS officer who is also posted in Uttarakhand.
Dy Inspector General of Police, Neeru Garg
Deputy-inspector-general of police Neeru Garg misses Pihu, her nine-year-old daughter who she had to leave with her mother in Haridwar.
"She waits for my video call along with my three pets. I explained to her why I have to be away from her. She is having her mock tests so I have to help her in studies too and assure her that I am there for her," said the 2005 batch IPS officer.
The officer visits Tapovan and Raini everyday starting her routine at around 7-8 am only to return at around 11 pm.
"These are unprecedented times and we all are working as a team, as one unit. I miss my daughter but I see that this calamity has taken away family members of hundreds," said Garg.
Known as no-nonsense officer among bureaucratic circles and a hard task master, her skills were tested when the flashfloods hit Raini and Tapovan.
Aparna Kumar, DIG, ITBP
Aparna Kumar, DIG, ITBP described as a walking manifestation of resilience and hard work reached on the spot and stayed for over 10-12 hours constantly monitoring the situation.
The credentials of the 2002 batch IPS officer, range from being the first woman ITBP officer to successfully scale the South Pole in 2019 to completing the prestigious seven summits' challenge by scaling all of the seven top peaks of the seven continents.
A proud recipient of Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2019 says, "Right now I want to save those men. Rest all is background noise."