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Three climbers are dead and two are missing on Mt. Everest

Three climbers are dead and two are missing on Mt. Everest

An Indian climber has died while being helped down Mt. Everest, just a couple of days after a Dutch and an Australian died near the peak. Two other Indian climbers are missing, and experts say some of the tragedy may have been avoidable.

Poor planning and overcrowding on the world's tallest peak may have led to bottlenecks that kept people delayed at the highest reaches while waiting for the path to clear farther down, Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Assn. said Monday.

"This was a man-made disaster that may have been minimized with better management of the teams," he said. "The last two disasters on Everest were caused by nature, but...

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