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The NY times summarizes the past few days in this article.
Note that the statistcis are wrong: although many people have climbed Everest miore than once, they can only die once. Therefore the statistics should be based on actual summits, not summiteers.

It is not quite clear how many summits were made, but until 2001 already 1500, and tha last 3 years about 450-500 were added. Even with this years 4-8 climbers killed this means fatality rate is now below 10% and still dropping.

From the http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/22/international/asia/22ever.html?ex=1085803200&en=a0672a210cea5e54&ei=5062]NYtimes website
At Height of Everest's Climbing Season, 4 Deaths and Record Ascent

Published: May 22, 2004

OKYO, May 21 - At the peak of its climbing season, Mount Everest claimed the lives of four foreign climbers - three South Koreans and one Japanese - while a Nepali Sherpa shaved two and a half hours off the ascent record, officials said Friday.

The bodies of the three South Koreans were found after they were reported missing earlier this week as they descended Everest, the world's highest mountain, a South Korean official said. Two suffered exhaustion and became disoriented in the thin air of the high altitude. The third got lost while trying to rescue the others. An official of Keimyung University, which sponsored the seven-member climbing team, told Reuters that the South Korean Embassy in China reported that a Tibetan climbing association found the three bodies on the mountain.

On Thursday, Shiroko Ota, a 63-year-old Japanese woman, died after becoming the second-oldest woman to climb to the 29,035-foot summit. She slipped not long after she began her descent, only about 1,000 feet below the summit.

While her safety rope broke the fall, Ms. Ota fell unconscious and her climbing companions were unable to pull her up. She died dangling from the end of her rope. By radio from Japan, her family members urged the five other climbing members in the group to leave her body and descend to safety.

An attempt to recover the body was planned for Friday, Japan's Kyodo News Agency said. Ms. Ota started climbing mountains when she was about 40 and conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain, in 2001.

Also on Friday, Pemba Dorje Sherpa, a Nepalese professional mountaineer, scaled Everest in 8 hours and 10 minutes, setting a new record for the fastest climb, the Nepalese Tourism Ministry said.

Mr. Dorje, 27, left base camp at 6 p.m. and climbed all night along the traditional southeast ridge route. Using flashlights, and near the top, oxygen tanks, he reached the summit at 2:10 a.m. The climb broke the record of 10 hours and 46 minutes set last May by his climbing rival, Lakpa Gelu Sherpa, 36.

It was Mr. Dorje's second ascent in a week. He had accompanied a Swiss economist, Rupert Heider, to the top of the mountain last week.

On Wednesday, a Nepalese woman climber, Lhakpa Sherpa, climbed Mount Everest for the fourth time from the Tibetan route, becoming the first woman to climb the mountain more than three times.

Since 1953, a total of 1,373 people have climbed Everest from the Nepali and the Chinese sides. During that half century, 178 people have died on the mountain - a mortality rate of 13 percent.

There are currently 64 expeditions on the mountain, racing to reach the summit before the climbing season closes, probably in 10 days.

"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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