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Two Brooklyn men trapped on Mount Everest as death toll rises in Nepal

Posted: 8:41 PM, Apr 27, 2015
Updated: 2015-04-27 20:41:12-04

BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- Two Brooklyn men feared dead after the earthquake in Nepal are now accounted for, but remain stuck atop Mount Everest.

Nepalese New Yorkers are praying for their families tonight, but the death toll continues to rise. At least 4,000 people were killed in Saturday’s earthquake and the avalanche that followed.

The avalanche was videotaped by a German climber, Jost Kobusch, who recorded while a cloud of snow and tumbling rocks rolled toward him.

The two Brooklyn men stuck on the mountain are Danny Cole and Mendy Losh. Cole’s brother-in-law, Zalman Schreiber, spoke to PIX11 on Monday. He said that Cole and Losh were climbing Everest alone with the help of a local sherpa. After not hearing from them for three days, they finally received a message around 2:30 a.m. this morning that they were okay.

“I want to thank God for bringing this to an ending. I want to thank all the people who prayed. And I want to ask them to continue praying. There are many people out there who have not had this happy ending yet,” said Zalman Schreiber.

But due to bad weather, helicopters are still struggling to reach and rescue the two men. While another group of climbers has been airlifted off the mountain. They were traveling with an Edison, New Jersey woman, 28-year-old Marisa Eve Girawong, who was killed by the avalanche.

Garrett Madison of Madison Mountaineering, stated by satellite phone today: “We are just totally devastated that we lost her in Base Camp due to wind blast from the landslide.”

Girawong was working as a base doctor for the climbers.

In the cities and towns below Mt. Everest, whole structures have been sliced in half. Historical structures collapsed amid the intense shaking caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Some aftershocks hit nearly as hard as the first jolt.

A vigil continued in Jackson Heights, Queens Monday. Many are still trying to reach family and friends. Some say help has still not come to the remote villages of Nepal, specifically in the region of Helambo, because landslides cut off roads to the capital. Kunsang Hyolmo says his aunt is still trapped in a structure in one of those villages and his two young nieces have been confirmed dead.

“Still there are a lot of people trapped up there and we really need help," he said.