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Heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Sunday caused landslides, house damage, and at least nine deaths. In Kotgarh, three family members died in a house collapse from a landslide. In Kullu, a woman died when a landslide damaged a makeshift house. In Katiyan tehsil of Chamba, a person was buried alive in another landslide on Saturday night.

Due to the rising river and falling stones on the Kullu-Manali road, traffic from Kullu and Manali towards Atal Tunnel and Rohtang has been halted. Thirteen landslides and nine flash floods were reported in the state over the past 36 hours, with 736 roads closed.

In Tehri Garhwal district, three people died and three were missing after their vehicle was hit by a landslide and fell into the Ganga River. The vehicle was carrying 11 people, of which five were rescued. The Chief Minister advised caution due to the weather and urged pilgrims to plan their journey carefully.

Tourists were warned to avoid travelling during heavy rains and to stay away from river bodies. The IMD issued a heavy rainfall alert for Himachal Pradesh for the next two days.

A portion of the Leh-Manali national highway was washed away due to the overflowing Beas River. The State Disaster Response Force rescued five people trapped in their homes near Kullu.

Roads were blocked by landslides and flash floods in several districts. Trains between Shimla and Kalka were cancelled due to landslides. The IMD issued a ‘red’ alert for seven districts and an ‘orange’ alert for three others on July 8 and 9.

The Met department warned of isolated extremely heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. IMD deputy director Bui Lal stated that flash floods, landslides, and disruptions to water and electricity supply were possible.

The Manali-Leh national highway was blocked due to flooding. IMD warned of flash floods and avalanches in Lahaul and Spiti district due to continuous rainfall.

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