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The state news agency said he was the first person to be rescued since the crucial first 72-hours after the earthquake/XINHUA

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Man, 78, rescued five days after China quake

The state news agency said he was the first person to be rescued since the crucial first 72-hours after the earthquake/XINHUA

The state news agency said he was the first person to be rescued since the crucial first 72-hours after the earthquake/XINHUA

BEIJING, Apr 25 – A 78-year-old man has been rescued five days after an earthquake hit southwestern China, killing 196 and making thousands homeless, state media reported on Thursday.

He was found by rescuers “on a hilltop” in Muping township, in Baoxing County, Xinhua said, without giving further details of the rescue operation.

“The man suffered a rib fracture but is in a stable condition,” the report said, adding that he was taken to Baoxing People’s Hospital by helicopter.

The state news agency said he was the first person to be rescued since the crucial first 72-hours after the earthquake, which the US Geological Survey registered at magnitude 6.6.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless after the quake struck Saturday morning, causing widespread devastation in Sichuan province.

Rescue teams have been hampered by blocked roads caused by landslides and traffic congestion in their hunt for survivors.

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