KATHMANDU, NEPAL – A Rutgers University grad and Edison resident was among the dead Saturday when massive earthquakes struck Nepal around her Mount Everest team’s camps. Marisa Eve Girawong of Edison was part of team from Madison Mountaineering climbing group based out of Seattle.
NBC News reported that according to Nepal's Interior Ministry and national police, the death toll from Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal soared past 3,600 as rescue workers continued digging through the rubble Monday morning.
As of 3 a.m. Tuesday, the official death toll for Saturday’s earthquake has climbed to 4,349, with more than 6,500 injured. Nepal’s prime minister, Sushil Koirala, has warned that the number killed in the earthquake could more than double to 10,000 people.
Hundreds of people were climbing Mount Everest at the start of the region's climbing season. Social media has been buzzing with requests to help locate some of the missing and to help with sending aid to the rescue workers.
“It is with deep sorrow and profound grief that we can confirm the loss of our Everest/Lhotse base camp doctor, Marisa Eve Girawong. Eve perished in the aftermath of the avalanche that struck the base camp area following the devastating Nepal earthquake earlier today,” Madison co-founder Kurt Hunter posted on the Madison Mountaineering website.
According to her online bio, Girawong studied at Rutgers University from 2004-2009 and was working as a doctor at the base camp at Mount Everest when she was killed.
If you are trying to contact your family or want to help and volunteer in this moment of tragedy. Some options are:
1. SMS search for the Nepal Person Finder instance (google.org/personfinder/2…) is now active:
2. Person Finder: 2015 Nepal Earthquake http://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake
3. Restoring contact between people separated by the earthquake in Nepal at: http://familylinks.icrc.org/nepal-earthq…/…/pages/home.aspx…
4. You can connect with Nepal Earthquake 2015.
If you are looking for a family member, message them; a) the name of the person who you are trying to make contact with, b) your name, c) relation and phone number.
They will then try to find a volunteer who will try to contact your family member.
To decrease the load of calls, they will give each volunteer 1-2 numbers only (unless you'd like to help more.)