A rescuer with his sniffer dog searches for quake victims amid the ruins of a collapsed hotel in Ecuador (AFP Photo/Juan Cevallos)
A rescuer with his sniffer dog searches for quake victims amid the ruins of a collapsed hotel in Ecuador (AFP Photo/Juan Cevallos)

A visiting Venezuelan search team located Manuel Vasquez, who had been trapped under rubble since the 7.8-magnitude quake that killed 660 people, the Venezuelan embassy in Quito said on its website.

A rescuer with his sniffer dog searches for quake victims amid the ruins of a collapsed hotel in Ecuador (AFP Photo/Juan Cevallos)
A rescuer with his sniffer dog searches for quake victims amid the ruins of a collapsed hotel in Ecuador (AFP Photo/Juan Cevallos)

They found Vasquez “making sounds in a partially collapsed building” on Friday in Manabi province while doing inspections for structural problems, it said.

The April 16 quake was the worst to strike Ecuador in decades, causing buildings to collapse and damaging roads and other infrastructure in tourist areas along the coast.

Vasquez was admitted to hospital with kidney trouble and lost toes. He was also dehydrated and disoriented.

Ecuador welcomed hundreds of rescue teams, doctors, nurses, firefighters and other support staff after the quake from a slew of countries.

President Rafael Correa has announced a series of drastic economic measures aimed at paying for what he estimates will be the $3 billion cost of rebuilding the shattered country.

Source:Quito (AFP)

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