Monday, October 20, 2014

Nepal: Despite the Human Loss, the Victims' Last Sight as They Perished Was Incredible

Michal Cherkesky, 36, of Givatayim was missing for six days before her body was discovered Monday (October 20) morning. 

Tragically, Michal was stranded without supplies or communications equipment at 5,000 meters (16,000 feet) along a mountain pass.

COMMENT: Having done both technical climbing and trekking in Nepal, and in lieu of finding fault with the large number of people who have perished, I have always looked back on my time in the country with incredible awe.

Regardless of where climbers and trekkers were when they died, imagine the inspiring panoramas that could be seen at their last moments. Imagine! 

Only someone that has NOT visited this incredible nation can understand the wonders and magic of altitude.

Reacting to the news, Chani Lifshitz, whose husband runs Chabad's Center in Kathmandu which has been helping provide for the injured, expressed the sense of grief many were feeling at the discovery. "This morning we were informed of the discovery of precious Michal's body."

Lifshitz emphasized that indirectly there was a sense of relief that Michal's body would not be left stranded in the open, and would at least be buried with dignity back in Israel in the near term.

She said the Chabad Center was trying to help comfort the Cherkesky Family at such a difficult time.

"We merited to spend Michal's last days with her, and we saw her happy and joyful on her trip. We will always remember her like that," she said.

Thus far, four Israelis have died in the fierce storm.

The other three Israeli casualties are Nadav Shoham of Mitzpe Hoshaya; Agam Luria, 23, of Kibbutz Yifat; and Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, Israel's first religious female air force navigator.

The death-toll has climbed steadily since hikers were caught off-guard by a sudden blizzard in the Himalayas. At least 40 people have been killed, rendering it the worst hiking disaster in Nepal's history.




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