Heavy rains and thunderstorms wreaked havoc on Wednesday night, claiming at least five lives in Bharatpur and 11 in Dholpur district of Rajasthan. Among those killed in Dholpur, five were children. Also, more than 100 people have been injured during the heavy rain and dust storm.

Maintenance and repair work has started at Taj Mahal and other monuments here which were damaged in Wednesday’s storm and heavy rains, officials of the Archaological Survey of India said. A brass finial, a minaret, some black marble pieces, in addition to scores of trees were damaged in the Taj Mahal. Minor damages were reported in the Agra Fort, Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri, Bhuvan Vikram, superintending archaeologist, told PTI.

Our men are working on it and the condition has been reviewed to take appropriate measures, he said.

The incident happened around 7:30 pm on Thursday. The pillar fell due to rain and no casualties have been reported as of now, according to ANI. Darwaza-i-rauza is one of the components of the monument complex, which includes the mausoleum, the mosque and the guest pavilion. The first sight of the Taj Mahal is seen from this gate only. Being called as the ‘Great Gate’, it is also the gateway to the gardens which, symbolically, represents Paradise.

Rain lashed Agra and other cities of Uttar Pradesh including Kanpur, Mathura, Kannauj, Farukkhabad, Etawah and Mainpuri on Wednesday for nearly 30 minutes which claimed three lives in Mathura district. The incident happened after a tin roof of their one-room house collapsed.

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