The iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is being impacted by devastating floods as extreme weather events increase due to the climate crisis. Floodwaters from the Yamuna River have reached the outer walls of the monument and surrounding garden, raising concerns about more frequent occurrences in the future. Climate change is intensifying the monsoon season’s floods in northern India, with the Yamuna River reaching record levels and causing evacuations and the loss of lives. The situation remains critical in Agra and other parts of northern India, with continuous heavy rainfall and water releases from barrages posing further threats.

Climate scientists have been warning about the serious consequences of climate change, and the recent floods at the Taj Mahal underscore the urgent need for action. The monument, already facing deterioration from air pollution and other factors, now faces additional threats from the worsening impacts of climate change. Several other World Heritage Sites are also at risk of flooding and erosion, highlighting the need to protect our cultural and historical treasures from extreme weather events. As the climate crisis intensifies, billions of lives worldwide are at risk, emphasizing the critical importance of addressing this global challenge.