3 Dead, 2 Still Missing Climbing Mount Everest

Officials receive repeated calls of climbers suffering from altitude sickness.

— -- Three climbers have died, and two others are still missing after attempting to climb Mount Everest, officials told ABC News this morning.

ABC News previously reported that four climbers were killed, but the Sherpa who had been reported to have died on Everest was actually on Mount Lhotse at the time, according to Shrestha. Mount Lhotse abuts Mount Everest.

Shrestha said two other Indian climbers — Paresh Nath, 58, and Goutam Ghosh, 50 – have been missing since Saturday. Paul was part of that group of climbers.

Rescue teams said there have been repeated calls of climbers suffering from altitude sickness, frostbite, falls and injuries.

The tourism industry, which brings in more than $3 million from Everest climbing fees alone, is Nepal’s chief source of foreign income and contributed almost 9 percent of its GDP in 2014, according to a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council. But the impoverished Himalayan country saw its tourist arrivals drop after deadly twin earthquakes and quake-triggered avalanches last year.

ABC News' Ishwar Rauniyar in Kathmandu, Vivek Raj and Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.

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