Three Everest Climbers Perish

    (FILES) In this photograph taken on May 19, 2009, unidentified mountaineers descend from the summit of Everest.    Four climbers have been killed returning from the summit of Mount Everest, tour agents and officials said on May 21, 2012, bringing the season's death toll to six on the world's highest peak.  AFP PHOTO/COURTESY OF PEMBA DORJE SHERPA/FILES        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Three Mount Everest climbers are dead and two missing on Monday, Nepalese officials report. After a weekend of favorable conditions, a heavy wind struck the mountain Saturday, leading to a potentially dangerous backup, an official told reporters. “There was a traffic jam on the mountain on Saturday,” Nepalese mountaineering department official Gyanendra Shresth told reporters. “Climbers were still heading to the summit as late as 14:30 [8:45 GMT], which is quite dangerous.” Among the dead are reported to be a South Korean, a German, and a Canadian. A Chinese climber and his Nepali guide are still thought to be missing on the mountain after the weekend.

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