2 climbers, an American and a Swiss, have died on Everest after suffering snow blindness and exhaustion

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Mount Everest seen from Namche Bajar in Solukhumbu district, Nepal. Niranjan Shrestha/AP
  • Two climbers have died on Mount Everest in the first deaths of this season, AFP reported.

  • A Swiss climber who reached the top died after suffering exhaustion, organizers said.

  • The other climber, an American, experienced snow blindness and exhaustion.

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Two climbers, one from the US and one from Switzerland, have died on Mount Everest.

Organizers of the expedition told Agence France-Presse that the two climbers died Wednesday.

They were the first deaths reported in this year's climbing season, according to AFP.

Chhang Dawa Sherpa from Seven Summit Treks told AFP the Swiss climber died near the mountain's summit after suffering from exhaustion. He said the climber had reached the top of the mountain.

And AFP reported that the American climber reached the site of the Hillary Step but then experienced snow blindness and exhaustion. It reported that he was brought back to Camp 4 but died later.

Snow blindness is an eye condition cause by overexposure to ultraviolet light. Several Everest climbers have experienced this condition in the past.

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