In fact, this is one of the biggest ever rescue operation mounted by the armed forces in the country.
Thousands of personnel from the army, air force, the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the National Disaster Response Force and several other agencies (See graphic) have been battling bad weather, landslides and unforgiving terrain to protect innocent common people.
Remarkable stories of dedication and courage have been flowing in from the ground, like the story of Major Mahesh Karki and Capt Amit Kumar, both residents of Uttarakhand and at present posted in Jammu and Kashmir, who pitched in to help the rescue operation even while on leave. Or for that matter, the story of army medics helping to deliver a baby. (Read more: Uttarakhand: two IAF pilot couples carry out rescue missions)
Those who were rescued blessed their saviours unequivocally. All around the country, people praised the prompt and selfless service the armed forces provided. (Read more: U'khand:Omar 'salutes' forces for rescue operations, Uttarakhand: Western Command playing stellar role in flood relief operation, ‘Armymen were a God-send’: Uttarakhand survivors)
Even as politicians tripped over each other in flagging off relief materials in elaborate ceremonies and squabble over who had the best claim to renovation work once the crisis was past, a clear and confident voice went out to those trapped in the hills that the men in olive greens would do all in their power to protect and save them. (Read more: Jawans put politicians to shame)