NEPAL - Two native New York City residents are among those missing after an avalanche in Nepal was triggered by an earthquake.
The Daily News has identified them as 39-year-old father of four Daniel Cole, of Brooklyn, and 38-year-old Mendy Losh, who is also originally from Brooklyn, but now lives in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the 7.8-magnitude quake has risen to more than 3,700 people, and that number is expected to climb even more. Aftershocks and the avalanche have made the devastation worse.
The United Nations says that hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley are overcrowded, and running out of emergency supplies and space to store bodies. The country has asked for more international help, saying it is short on everything from paramedics to electricity.
So far, 18 people have been confirmed dead by the avalanche, three of them Americans.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are about 3,000 Nepalis living in New York City. Many New Yorkers have been attending prayer and candlelight vigils since the tragedy.