Taj Mahal gate damaged in overnight heavy rain


A minaret inside the Taj Mahal complex was destroyed due to heavy rain and thunderstorm that hit the city last night. The 12-foot metal pillar also called the Darwaza-e-Rauza, is the entry gate of the Taj Mahal, and had crashed down as the speed of wind crossed 100 km/hr radar. The Archeological Society of India (ASI), which maintains the iconic heritage site, did not comment on the extent of damage, however, sources told the that the minaret and dome on it broke into several pieces. No casualties were reported during the incident.

The storm in Agra and several parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday affected power poles and uprooted trees. At least four people in Mathura and one person in Bijnor were killed in the storm, The Times of India reported.

The sudden change in weather has brought gloom for the farmers as a major part of the wheat crop is lying in the fields.It is reported that a large portion of the crop has been damaged as the harvest was dampened by the rain.A low-pressure depression in some parts of Uttar Pradesh is leading to the rains.

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