Minaret inside Taj Mahal premises collapses due to heavy rain

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Heavy rains have been reported from parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan since yesternight, Manali’s Solang valley received snowfall 

The Hush post: As heavy rain continues to lash several parts of Uttar Pradesh, the minaret and dome at one of the the entry gates to the world famous Taj Mahal collapsed on Thursday.

The pillar located on the southern entry gate of the monument fell due to rain on Thursday past midnight, according to ANI. No casualties have been reported as of now. The 12-feet metal pillar , referred to as Darwaza-e-Rauza, fell apart as wind speed during the thunderstorm crossed 100 km per hour. Sources say the the minaret and the dome on it broke into several pieces.

It rained in Delhi again today morning with light drizzle at some places on Wednesday. It has been raining in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh incessantly since yesternight leading to water clogging in many towns and cities.

The Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC) officials said the effects of the untimely showers would be short-lived as the temperature is likely to hit a maximum of 37 degrees Celsius by Saturday and would reach 40 degrees by April 16.

Three children had died in Mathura district on Wednesday after a tin roof of their one-room house collapsed after the incessant rain. The kids were alone at home when the incident took place, their parents who are daily wage labourers were away for work.

Also, crops were damaged in several areas in Nandgaon, Vrindavan, Kosi Kalan areas of Mathura. Crops were also damaged in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh due to the untimely rain accompanied by high wind and isolated hailstorm. It drenched harvested produce in grain markets and damaged ripe wheat and other winter crops in the fields.

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