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Tributes to Leicester university student who died in Nepal

Tributes are being paid to a University of Leicester student who died in the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

A series of avalanches buried the Everest base camp where Marisa Eve Girawong was staying.

University of Leicester student dies in Nepal earthquake

A student at the University of Leicester has died in the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Marisa Eve Girawong Credit: Madison Mountaineering

A series of avalanches buried the Everest base camp where Marisa Eve Girawong was working as the base camp doctor.

The huge quake has so far claimed more than 3,000 lives across the Himalayas and is the worst natural disaster Nepal has seen in 81 years.

Eve, who was originally from New Jersey, was a student on a postgraduate course in mountain medicine.

She was delightful to know, a beautiful, intelligent, outgoing person who effortlessly got on with everyone. She had plans to continue her work in the mountains and was excited about the adventures ahead of her. This is a real loss to our community. Our thoughts are with her family and friends, and all those affected by this tragedy."

– Dr Peter Barry, of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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West Midlands Fire crew deployed to Nepal for earthquake rescue

The nine men from WMFS will help coordinate the UK search and rescue efforts. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Nine West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) firefighters have been deployed to Nepal as part of international rescue efforts following the devastating earthquakes which have hit the country over the weekend.

Eight have flown out as part of the UK’s International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) mission while the ninth is supporting a Non-Government Organisation, also in a search and rescue capacity.

WMFS is coordinating the UK’s ISAR response on behalf of the Department for International Development (DFID). This will involve coordinating the movements of nearly 70 personnel deployed as part of the UK response and providing vital welfare support for them and their families.

“We are proud to have highly-professional firefighters willing and able to help and support the Nepalese people in this time of disaster.

The thoughts of everyone at West Midlands Fire Service are with the people of Nepal, with our expert team and with everyone supporting the international mission.”

– Phil Loach, West Midlands’ Chief Fire Officer

Man missing in Nepalese earthquake found safe and well

The family of a man from Wolverhampton missing in the Nepalese earthquake say he has been found safe and well.

Mark Williams

51-year-old Mark Williams was on a trekking expedition when the earthquake struck and had last contacted his family on Friday.

So far more than three thousand people are reported to have been killed in Nepal.

Family of missing man in Nepal earthquake 'hopeful' he is alive

The family of a man from Wolverhampton missing in the Nepalese earthquake say they're hopeful that he's still alive.

Speaking on the phone to ITV Central, his sister told us the lack of any information means they're left wondering what might have happened.

Mark Williams, was on a trekking expedition when the earthquake struck.

So far more than three thousand people are reported to have been killed in Nepal.

TV's Sat Bains caught up in Nepal earthquake expected home

TV chef Sat Bains from Nottingham, who was caught up in the Nepal earthquake, is expected to return home today.

Sat Bains Credit: PA/ITV Central

He was with a group raising money for charity on Mount Everest but was forced to come down before the disaster after suffering severe altitude sickness.

The record attempt team are still on the mountain but have been in contact with their families on satellite phone.

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West Midlands firefighters join rescue teams in Nepal

Firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service have joined the search and rescue team in Nepal following an earthquake.

Firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service have joined the search and rescue team

The deadly earthquake killed more than 3,000 people - the country's worst earthquake disaster in over 80 years.

A powerful aftershock triggered more avalanches in the Everest region, where at least 17 people have been killed and an unknown number are still missing.

Leicester service for Gallipoli campaign centenary

Thousands of people across the Midlands stood in silence today to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign in World War One.

Forty five thousand Allied troops died in what is now modern day Turkey. In Leicester people gathered at a ceremony to remember those with local connections who died in the conflict. Lee Comley reports.

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