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WorldNepal denies Everest overcrowding caused deaths

10:30  27 may  2019
10:30  27 may  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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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 Raj Ghimire said other factors including adverse weather conditions had also contributed.

Nepal -based expedition guide Norbu Sherpa says the Nepalese government could take at least one action to prevent more deaths on the increasingly crowded Mount Everest : Stop issuing permits to those who are inexperienced. Sherpa, who scaled the mountain nearly two weeks ago without

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

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

Nepal denies Everest overcrowding caused deaths
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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".

    Nepal denies Everest overcrowding caused deaths

    Nepal denies Everest overcrowding caused deaths The department of tourism said other factors such as weather conditions were involved.

    May 26 (UPI) -- Nepal 's government denied recent statements solely attributing the increase of deaths on Mount Everest to overcrowding on the mountain. "With a single route to the summit, delays caused by overcrowding could prove fatal so I am hopeful my decision to go for the 25th will mean

    Nepal 's tourism ministry has issued a record number of permits to 381 climbers this season, one reason that tour organizers have highlighted the overcrowding on "With a single route to the summit delays caused by overcrowding could prove fatal so I am hopeful my decision to go for the 25th will mean

    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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