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Australian dies on Everest

dpadpa 21/05/2016

An Australian climber has died of altitude sickness on Mount Everest, an expedition operator says.

An Australian and a Dutch climber have died on Mount Everest.

"A Dutchman died yesterday and an Australian died today," Nima Sherpa of expedition operators Seven Summit Treks told dpa.

He said the climbers had died due to altitude sickness.

Sherpa said the bodies were at an elevation of 8000 metres and it would be a couple of days before they could airlift them to Kathmandu and hand them over to relatives, who had been informed.

They are the first fatalities on the world's highest peak since expeditions resumed this year.

Everest expeditions in 2014 were cancelled after 16 sherpas died in an icefall avalanche.

In 2015, another avalanche triggered by a 7.8-magnitude quake killed 19 mountaineers at Everest Base Camp, prompting the cancellation of all trips.

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