Taj Mahal suffers extensive damage in Uttar Pradesh duststorm

WION Web Team Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India May 05, 2018, 10.47 AM(IST)

File photo of the Taj Mahal. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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The picture of the broken window of the monument's main minaret went viral causing a stir

The storm in Uttar Pradesh's Agra city has caused extensive damage to the iconic Taj Mahal. 

The picture of the broken window of the monument's main minaret went viral causing a stir.

While several trees in the mausoleum were uprooted, two wooden doors of the Taj minarets have also been damaged. 

The neighbouring Fatehpur Sikri has also been affected by the storm.

The storm on Wednesday night wreaked havoc on the Fatehpur Sikri memorial.

The pinnacle on the Fatehpur Sikri was twisted. The damage inside the monument was even more.

Agra was put on a 72-hour alert by the weather office yesterday.

The alert comes after a dust storm swept through north India in states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh killing at least 106 people. 

The 132-kmph dust storm hit Agra on late Wednesday night followed by heavy showers and hailstorm. As many as 44 people have been reported dead in the city while property worth crores have been destroyed.

Officials suggest the number of casualties to rise further.