The number of fatalities resulting from heavy rains in central Vietnam since November 4 has climbed to seven, after the body of a 18-year-old student in Da Nang was found November 6 at a local drainage canal on the street.
Mai Quoc Lap was suspected as having slipped and swept away on a flooded street, a Tuoi Tre report said Monday.
Lap, who studied in Hue, was returning to his home in Da Nang on Friday, November 4 for a visit.
But the one kilometer road from a Da Nang bus station to his house was heavily flooded, so Lap told his father on the phone that he could walk home instead of having him come with a motorbike.
The boy did not make it and his phone did not respond 15 minutes later, said the father Mai Quang Dung.
Locals said Lap might have slipped and swept away when parts of the road were nearly one meter underwater on Friday night.
The torrential rains in the region also killed at least six other people, who were swept away, on Friday and Saturday.
Among the victims are a mother and her 6-year-old son, and a 14-year-old middle school student.
According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, water of rivers in the central provinces rose to alarming levels on November 5.