Ecuador landslide death toll rises to 14, dozens missing

THE death toll from a major landslide in southern Ecuador has risen to 14, authorities said yesterday, as emergency crews race to find survivors among several dozen people still missing days after the disaster.

The chances of uncovering anyone alive were dwindling but rescuers continued their tireless search for the 67 people missing after cascades of mud, earth and vegetation buried parts of the town of Alausi, some 300km south of the capital Quito.