updated 8/6/2007 9:06:05 AM ET 2007-08-06T13:06:05

The worst tropical storm to hit Vietnam so far this year has killed nine people, while 14 others remain missing, disaster officials said Monday.

Flash floods killed four people in the Central Highland province of Daklak, said provincial disaster official Phan Thi Thu Hien.

Heavy rains triggered by the storm dumped up to 24 inches of water on Daklak over the past four days, forcing about 5,000 residents from their homes, Hien said. No rain was reported in the area Monday.

In neighboring Lam Dong province, four people were confirmed dead after being washed away by high waters, while a 13-year-old boy was stuck and killed by a falling tree, provincial disaster official Duong Thanh Hung said.

The tropical storm, with wind speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, was moving slowly along the central coast, the national weather forecast center said.

Heavy rains are forecast for central regions over the next few days, it said, warning people of possible floods and landslides.

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