Mamta Rawat- The woman who risked her life to save hundreds of people during the Himalayan floods

Early life

Mamta, a native of uttarakhand could not complete her schooling However she is the only bread earner of her family. She works as a forest ranger for trekking parties in addition to her part-time job as a NIM coach. Her choice of occupation, on the other hand, drew a lot of backlash, particularly from some in her society who believed that a female should not be performing “man’s work.” Mamta has not only persevered in the face of adversity, but she has also gone on to assist other young females to become mountain guides. A motivated young Gharwali girl who consistently cares for others before herself. Sadly, her situation is so dire that she has gotten no funding from the government just for failing to complete her paperwork on time.

On the day of Disaster

The state of Uttarakhand was hit by one of the worst cloud explosions on June 16, 2013. Mamta Rawat was only 24 when she assisted in the escape of thousands of people during the Uttarakhand disaster of 2013. While people were fleeing the topmost layer of Uttarkashi and Gangotri to avoid the floods, Mamta was working her way up on her own to help with the relief effort. She lacked an authorised identification, a uniform, a roadmap, a legislative directive, and logistical assistance. However this does not stop her from being an angel for the distressed people. Over 5,000 individuals are said to have perished as a result of the disaster that rocked the state. 

Despite losing her own house in the accident, Mamta continued her rescue efforts. Mamta was at residence in her hamlet of Bankholi when she received a call informing her that a bunch of school pupils mountaineering in the Himalayas had become stuck due to excessive rainfall. Mamta, an experienced mountain expert who grew up in the mountains, was well-versed in the region. Mamta was able to instantly locate the trapped people and take them to safety. Floods had started to cover the hilly terrain by the time she arrived, and emergency calls were pouring in from all over. 

Mamta was handling a team of 30 teenagers from all over the nation who had travelled to Uttarkashi’s Dayara Peak for an adventurous expedition. She was working as a freelance teacher for INME, a Delhi-based outdoor sport firm that specialises in children’s adventurous programs at the time. With floodwaters surging, she and two other people escorted these children to shelter over land and a swaying bridge across the Aksai Ganga, individually carrying each kid across the bridge as the rushing water tried to wash it away. 

After successfully returning all of the youngsters to Uttarkashi town, she took good care of the scared children, all of whom were between the ages of 14 and 16, offering them strength and stability. She made sure each kid was securely relinquished to his or her parents once the path from Uttarkashi to Dehradun reopened, and she quickly left to continue the remaining task. This time, it was to assist tourists who were trapped on their way down to Uttarkashi from Gangotri, since the roads had been entirely completely destroyed.

Mamta said she had been inundated with calls to help individuals stuck on several peaks, which were 2,500 metres (7,500 feet) above water levels. So she did just that, regardless of the fact that her own house had been damaged and several of the mountains’ access roads had been swept away, she proceeded to aid people in distress. They had urged Mamta to assist with the relief effort, according to Col Ajay Kothiyal, principal of the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), which is run by the military department. Mamta even hauled an elderly woman 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) up a mountain to be rescued by helicopter. She also assisted in the construction of an improvised rope bridge to aid trapped individuals across a river. 

Mamta’s Struggle

Tragically, Mamta still lives in a prison-like room with her family of six people and is the only one in her family who can procure. Mamta was a dropout who only knew how to carry burdens and walk up the hills. As a result, she elected to do her mountaineering training so that she could earn money for herself and her family as a mountain guide. She worked out how to put together Rs 5000 and complete her basic mountaineering training after an unbelievable fight. She scarcely acquires about Rs 10,000-15,000 every month and some of the time even less relying upon the tasks and the quantity of days they last. What’s lamentable is that Mamta’s was the main house in her town that was washed away and in this manner went unrecognised by huge NGOs as well as the public authority.

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