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Thirty climbers sick near Everest summit after two die

Published 22/05/2016

Trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp (AP)
Trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp (AP)

Some 30 climbers have got frostbite or become sick on Mount Everest, in addition to two who died in recent days on the world's highest mountain, a Nepal official has said.

Mountaineering department official Gyanendra Shrestha said on Sunday that most of the sick climbers suffered frostbite while attempting to reach the summit or on their descent.

Pemba Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks agency in Kathmandu said an Indian climber who was unable to move due to frostbite had been carried to a lower camp, where attempts were being made to pick her up by helicopter.

Earlier, a Dutch man and an Australian woman died of apparent altitude sickness while descending from the summit. They were the first confirmed deaths on the mountain this year.

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