Heavy rains continued to pound Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for the third consecutive day, with the MeT department issuing a red alert across Punjab on Monday.
Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh has also been put on “high alert” as a flood-like situation prevailed in the state. A man was feared dead after he was swept away in the swelling Nahad Khad (rivulet) in Kangra district.
In Punjab, the incessant rainfall has raised concerns about possible damage to the cotton and paddy crop.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has asked all district authorities to remain on constant vigil and activate Disaster Control Rooms. The Army has also been kept on standby.
“All officials to remain on standby. The Army has also been requested to be on standby. Hotspots to be identified with clear evacuation and relief plans,” Singh said. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner
Kamaldeep Singh Sangha has announced the closure of all schools in the district on Monday. In Himachal, schools remained shut too.