Nearly 6,000 people have been declared dead as a result of a weekend earthquake in Nepal, with many more missing.

UMass Dartmouth students with direct ties to the country are in the planning stages to assist in the ongoing relief efforts.

University spokesman John Hoey tells WBSM News the students have teamed with non-profit All Hands Volunteers to find the best way they can help, "In any kind of effort like this you want to be as effective as possible. So you want to learn about what is the best way to get help to the afflicted individuals as fast as possible."

None of the family members of the eleven Nepalese students were injured by Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake.

Officials say as many as 10,000 people are feared dead.