Punjab on alert after heavy rain prediction; schools in Himachal district shut today

Heavy rains continued to lash several states across India on Saturday. Among those affected by incessant downpour are - Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Meanwhile, Punjab remains on alert today after a forecast of heavy rainfall in 48 to 72 hours. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed all deputy commissioners in the state to closely monitor the situation. He asked them to be prepared to deal with any exigency in view of the IMD warning. Rajasthan too is battling a flood-like situation. Five people were killed in rain-related incidents in the past 24 hours in Rajasthan. A red alert warning was issued for Jodhpur, Nagaur and Pali for the next 24 hours. 

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