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Incessant rains have been lashing Goa, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert over the state.

In view of these alerts, the Goa government has declared a two-day holiday for schools up to the eighth standard. Education director Shailesh Zingde has declared a holiday for schools up to the eighth standard on July 8 and 9.

Speaking to IANS, Zingde said that the government will monitor the situation for the next two days and then decide whether to extend the holiday.

“We will also take a call as to whether the holiday should be extended for schools up to twelfth standard on Friday,” he said.

“The Goa unit of India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in both the districts of the state. Keeping in mind the safety of the young students, it has been decided by the competent authority to declare school holidays on July 8 and 9 for students up to the eighth standard,” he said.

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