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WorldNepal denies Everest overcrowding caused deaths

23:30  26 may  2019
23:30  26 may  2019 Source:   bbc.com

'Traffic jam' on Everest as two more climbers die reaching summit

'Traffic jam' on Everest as two more climbers die reaching summit A huge queue of climbers has formed near the summit of Mount Everest as expedition organisers Thursday reported two more deaths on the world's highest mountain. 

Nepal 's tourism authority has denied accusations that the rise in Mount Everest deaths is solely due to overcrowding . The department's director general Dandu Mr Ghimire said 381 people had ascended Everest this spring but as periods of fine weather had been short, the number of people on the routes

Nepal denies overcrowding on Everest caused deaths May 26 2019 20:03. Dateline: Mt. Everest Gone Bad. Mount Everest death toll rises to three amid overcrowding fears. The Nepal Mountaineering Association said overcrowding and bottlenecks high on the mountain may have The

Nepal denies Everest overcrowding caused deaths© PA Mr Fisher photographed before ascending Mount Everest

Nepal's tourism authority has denied accusations that the rise in Mount Everest deaths is solely due to overcrowding.

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The department's director general Dandu Raj Ghimire said other factors including adverse weather conditions had also contributed.

Ten climbers have been reported dead or missing this season.

Photos of long queues near the summit have been widely shared as record numbers ascended the mountain in May.

    Mr Ghimire said 381 people had ascended Everest this spring but as periods of fine weather had been short, the number of people on the routes had been "higher than expected".

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    Nepal 's tourism authority has denied accusations that the rise in Mount Everest deaths is solely due to overcrowding . Nepal denies overcrowding on Everest caused deaths May 26 2019 20:03. Dateline: Mt. Everest Gone Bad. Summary of the disaster on Mount Everest .

    [Update: Nepal says Everest rules might change after traffic jams and deaths .] According to Sherpas and climbers, some of the deaths this year were caused by people getting to the Chinese side of Everest because of the overcrowding in Nepal and the surge of inexperienced climbers. “They take whatever they can get.” Nepali officials denied any wrongdoing and said the trekking

    In his statement, Mr Ghimire put the current death toll at eight, although ten people have been reported dead or missing so far.

    Briton Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died on Saturday minutes after reaching Everest's summit.

    Kevin Hynes, 56, from Ireland, died in his tent on Friday and Séamus Lawless, also Irish, is presumed dead after falling near the summit.

    One Nepalese, four Indians, an Austrian and an American are also dead or missing.

    A local tour organiser told AFP that one of the Indian climbers, Nihal Ashpak Bhagwan, died of exhaustion after being "stuck in traffic for more than 12 hours".

    Mr Ghimire offered "heartfelt condolences to those who've passed away and prayers to those who are still missing".

    "Mountaineering in the Himalayas is in itself an adventurous, complex and sensitive issue requiring full awareness yet tragic accidents are unavoidable," he said.

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