30 climbers ill near Everest summit after 2 die

2016-05-22 16:39
In this February 2016 file photo, international trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp. (Tashi Sherpa, AP)

In this February 2016 file photo, international trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp. (Tashi Sherpa, AP)

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Kathmandu - A Nepal official says about 30 climbers have got frostbite or become ill on Mount Everest, in addition to two who died in recent days on the world's highest mountain.

Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said on Sunday most of the ill 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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