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Taj Mahal suffers damages as thunderstorm lashes Agra

Taj Mahal suffers damages as thunderstorm lashes Agra
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A thunderstorm that swept through Agra on Friday night killing at least three people also damaged the city’s most famous monument – the Taj Mahal.

The storm damaged the marble and red sandstone railing and the main wooden main gate.

The wind speed was assessed at 124 kilometers per hour and brought down trees and walls. Many cars were damaged as walls and trees fell on them. About 20 houses were damaged and a six year old girl died under the debris.

A telecom tower fell in the Albatia area of the city and Agra–Bayana train track was blocked when trees fell on Malpura rail line.

“The wooden main gate has tilted because of the thrust of high speed winds which uprooted the false ceiling outside the monument and damaged a turnstile gate at Taj Mahal. Repair work is to be undertaken after assessment of losses,” Namdev said.

It is not the first time that Taj has faced damages due to thunderstorms. On April 11 and May 2, 2018, there were similar damages because of thunderstorms.

A six year old girl died in Nagla Karan Singh of Agra in Friday’s storm after the house collapsed, trapping her in the debris. A villager identified as Kailashi from village Marhi in Doki area of Agra district and Ram Shankar Kanhiyya from Fatehabad town also lost their lives.

The wind uprooted trees, poles and tin roofs all over city and rural areas. The power supply was disrupted which could be partially restored late at night.

The thunderstorm also damaged crops. In rural areas it was a hailstorm which caused damages.

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Post source : HT

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