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15 AUGUST 2010, MY FRIEND CATALIN MORARIU

I received today the very bad news that one of the friends that I met in Romania during my world travel, Catalin Morariu, is missing because of a natural disaster in Lardach-Lech (Kashmir). He was on an expedition with three other friends (two boys and a girl, Henriette) from India to Nepal. I was very sad and shocked to find out that Henriette was found dead. Until now nobody could find any trace of Catalin Morariu. The other two friends with were with them in the expedition, Catalin Neascu and Cristian Tzecu have decided to leave India this Sunday.
The mother of Catalin Morariu found a hand-made painting that I left him as a sign of friendship and ask a friend to wrote me (as she doesn’t speak English) in a desperate attempt to find some help somewhere.
If you can help this desperate family find their son, please, act as soon as possible to find him.
Catalin Morariu is known for his record to escaladate the 8.000 meters peak Shishapangma in 2005, during one expedition initiated by the Foundation “For You” from Timisoara. His message of social responsibility towards disabled persons reached several associations in Nepal, in the attempt to create a bridge between incapacitated persons all over the world to help them integrate better in the society.

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    1. Mihai says:

      Hello, I searched for several hours to find some information about what happened there in India. Your comment, Corina, leaves me in big sorrow. They didn’t deserved this. You neither. I knew well Catalin and Henriette and I hoped to find also some good news somewhere. Now I just can be thankful that you the others are ok and that you shared your dreadful adventure with us, to better understand it. And I’m sure you all did everything you could to find them… My condolences to both families. Mihai

    1. sebastian says:

      hy corina, I’am happy that you and the rest are Ok…I know you make all to can find Catalin… I asking you to tell us the story of this bad event – to can read it all Catalin friends and know what is happend. Best regards from Romania, seba

  1. Corina says:

    your information is not complete,we were 6 in that expedition, Catalin-Henriette along whith other 4 romanian friends.It’s true that Catalin Neacsu si Cristian Tecu was 2 of that romanian but please do not think that they have not tried everything humanly possible to find Catalin.Is very easy for you to say that their decision was to leave India,but the decision did not mean abandoning their friend.On that path, in whitch Catalin and Henriette was lost, we crossed in the next morning after disaster,belive us our priority was to find them. After an hour of walking through mud up to our knees, lot of feer because of the black clouds that were still in the sky we found the lifeless body of one of French children who join us whit a day before. We heard only a few screams of pain from his friends,since then we started realizing,that we had hoped in vain that our friends will be ok.Hope was gone when we reached the village Schiu where there was no trace of our friends .After a night spent in the mountains of fear in the breast because our friends have simply disappeared around us because of the flood that has passed over us,we didn’t want to accept reality and start doing all sorts of scenarios for how could escape.Us the girls, we keep saying that we have a feeling that they are ok..there somewhere. But in the next 10 minutes French friends come back to Catalin N and Cristi with news that a female body found at 100 m from the village, Catalin Neacsu was with the locals to see if he recognize her,it was here, they took her and brought her to the monestery of Schiu.at first he did not want to tell us girls,that the body was of Henriette. Have followed four days of nightmare in which nobody has not got up or has not got down to the village upstream.And it rained almost every night at least as strong as that terrible night.If our departure from those places reduce our friend hopes to be in life then we’ll come back tomorrow.But after you see with your eyes what we saw and lived we must impose ourselves to accept reality otherwise you lose control … we got to live only with: .. but what would have been if…I want everyone to know that Cristian Tecu constantly kept in touch with the Romanian authorities and Denmark and even put pressure on them for finding new information.But the area was severely affected and the search were either slower or were made in vain, that mud came evening after evening and every time brought a new layer of mud I know my words do not help those parents who have lost children and if they think any of us we are somehow to blame then we accept theirs criticisms.I WANT THEME TO KNOW THAT NOTHING DEPENDET ON US…BUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Only thing that perhaps would help, at least a little, are some photos that we did together whith theme in this expedition.We can only say that we deeply regret loss of our dear friends.

    • somen says:

      Dear Corina, Thank you for the reply. I am happy you are safe. I am sure nothing depended on you and you made all your possible to help your friends. I am only trying to help the family of my friend. I wish you all the best. Somen, India.

       

      A Romanian alpinist who disappeared in a natural calamity in an expedition in India is still missing after more than one week. The family hopes he might be alive and makes everything possible to find him.

      One Romanian alpinist, Catalin Morariu, has disappeared in Lardach-Lech, in the northern part of India (the Kashmir region) for more than a week now. He left Romania on the 3rd of August, together with a group of five persons from Timisoara (a total of three boys and three girls). From the information that the family received, last Thursday, the 5th of August, while they were making an alpinist trip when a terrible storm came, and the strong waters took them along with the pebbles from the mountain. Four of the alpinists (two boys and two girls) survived, although in deep shock. They found the third girl, Henriette, of Danish origin, in a monastery down the mountain and they could identify her by the documents. Catalin Morariu was not found until now, although the authorities in New Delhi are doing their best to find him. Last Monday, on the 9th of August the family of Catalin received a notice that he was found dead, but the next day they received a note that he is only missing. A body was found, but the elements of identification are superficial and the family prays to God that the researches should continue, as they feel he might still be alive. The mother of Catalin Morariu found a hand-made painting that I left to Catalin as a sign of friendship and asked a friend to get in touch with me (as she doesn’t speak English) in a desperate attempt to find some help. Catalin Morariu is known for his record to climb the 8.000 meters peak Shishapangma in 2005, during one expedition initiated by the Foundation “For You” from Timisoara. His message of social responsibility towards disabled persons reached several associations in Nepal, in the attempt to create a bridge between incapacitated persons all over the world to help them integrate better in the society (http://www.gsk.ro/alte_proiecte.asp?id=327 ). If you can help this desperate family find their son, please, act as soon as possible to find him.

      Evenimentul Zilei

      , Romania, the 21st of August 2010 Alpinistul român Cătălin Constantin Morariu a dispărut la data de 8 august, după ce echipa de alpinişti din care făcea parte a fost surprinsă de o furtună puternică în masivul Himalaya. Potrivit unor informaţii obţinute de evz.ro, românul se afla într-un grup de şase pasionaţi de ascensiuni montane, cinci români şi o daneză. Ei se aflau în regiunea Ladakh, din nordul Indiei.

      Daneza Henriette Kristiansen Borg, iubita lui Cătălin, a fost găsită moartă de echipele de intervenţie. Patru români au reuşit să scape şi au fost evacuaţi din zona afectată de inundaţii. Activistul indian Somen Debnath, prieten al lui Cătălin Morariu, şi persoane apropiate familiei Morariu spun că, iniţial, a fost anunţată moartea lui Cătălin. Apoi, s-a anunţat că românul este dispărut. De fapt, fusese găsit un cadavru, dar elementele de identificare sunt superficiale.

      În urma furtunii puternice, 16 muncitori nepalezi, doi refugiaţi tibetani şi şapte turişti străini şi-au pierdut viaţa. Alte 400 de persoane au fost date dispărute. Un turist francez care se afla pe traseu în momentul furtunii, David Bressac, a descris momentele prin care a trecut. “Erau alunecări de teren, iar stânci şi roci mari se rostogoleau la vale. Era îngrozitor. Valurile de noroi veneau spre noi cu o viteză uimitoare. Totul a durat o oră sau două. După aceasta, am rămas blocaţi pentru cinci zile”, a spus el pentru AFP.

      Cătălin Morariu este alpinist profesionist. În 2005, el a reuşit să escaladeze vârful Shishapangma, al 14-lea cel mai înalt din lume, cu o înălţime de 8.013 metri.

      Ministerul român de externe a precizat pentru evz.ro că: “Există o confirmare preliminară din partea autorităţilor locale din India cu privire la dispariţia unui cetăţean român în urma inundaţiilor care s-au produs în India.

      Cazul este atât în atenţia Centralei MAE cât şi a Ambasadei României la New Delhi, care se află în contact permanent cu autorităţile locale, precum şi cu celelalte misiuni diplomatice ale statelor membre UE.

      Procedura de identificare a persoanelor decedate în urma inundaţiilor este în curs de desfăşurare, neexistând până la ora actuală confirmarea oficială că printre acestea se află şi cetăţeni români.

      Autorităţile locale au confirmat că există un număr de cetăţeni străini daţi dispăruţi.”

      3 Responses

        1. Aug 26:

          Hi: I’m a writer in Bombay. Returned yesterday from a week in Leh. I believe I have some (sad) news about Catalin Morariu, do you think you could send me a note at dilip DOT fb AT gmail DOT com so I can fill you in and perhaps you can inform the family about how to proceed?

          yours, dilip d’souza

      1. SEBASTIAN says:

        Hello I am a very good friend with Catalin (is my school bank collegue) and I pray to be safe and alive!!! R.I.P. Henriette!!! You are an angel girl!!!

About Somen Debnath

Dear friends, my name is Somen Debnath. I am a resident of the village of Basanti, Sundarbans, West Bengal, which is a great mangrove forest and the largest tiger reserve in India. My "Around the World Bicycle Tour for HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme & Presentation of Indian Culture" started on 27th of May 2004, two days after I acquired Bachelor degree in Zoology from the University of Calcutta. I have also completed 'Visarad' in Fine Arts from the Sarbabhartiya University. My goal is to cover 191 countries till 2020. I will travel 200.000 km in the whole world and reach nearly 20 million people. 118.000 km I will travel for charity, that's why I'm selling my Km to people. The support I will get from people buying my kilometres will help me fulfill my other dream: to build a Global village in my native place, Basanti, Sundarbans.

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