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Three climbers die on Mount Everest, two still missing

The three climbers were descending the mountain when a wind storm hit the mountain.

Image: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A NEPALESE MOUNTAINEERING official says three climbers returning from the summit of Mount Everest have died and two more are missing.

Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said this morning that a German, a Nepal-born Canadian and a Korean died Saturday while descending from the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit.

Shrestha said the weather was favorable on Friday and Saturday morning but a wind storm swept the mountain later on Saturday.

Shrestha, stationed at the base camp of Everest, said he was waiting for details.

German climber 61-year-old doctor Eberhard Schaaf was believed to have suffered high altitude cerebral edema.

The Nepalese-Canadian climber was Shriya Shah, while the Korean mountaineer’s name was yet to be confirmed.

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