Chandigarh: In wake of incessant rainfall in Punjab, the state government on Monday issued a ‘red alert’ and asked district authorities to maintain vigil. The Army has also been kept on standby.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced closure of all schools and colleges across the state on Tuesday in view of the heavy downpour.

Punjab has been witnessing widespread rain for the last two days and the downpour continued Monday, prompting state authorities to review preparations to tackle flood-like situations.

District control rooms have been activated for fast response and the Army has also been alerted, the spokesman said.

“The Army has been requested for standby,” he said.

District authorities in catchment areas of rivers have been asked to make sufficient arrangements of boats for any rescue operation, the spokesman said.

Farm experts said that incessant rains in Punjab and Haryana could cause damage to kharif crops and dip in their yield.

Heavy rainfall has disrupted life in northern parts of the country with flash floods leaving two people dead in Himachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, waterlogging and traffic snarls were witnessed in several parts of Delhi.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the June-September monsoon rain is likely to start withdrawing in the first week of September.