At least one dead as Lourdes hit with heavy flooding

Wednesday 19 June 2013 22.04
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Roads in the region were inundated
Roads in the region were inundated
French Interior Minister Manuel Vells visited Lourdes today to survey the damage
French Interior Minister Manuel Vells visited Lourdes today to survey the damage
The nearby town of Saint-Beat was also badly flooded
The nearby town of Saint-Beat was also badly flooded

Heavy flooding in southwestern France has left at least one woman dead and forced the closure of the pilgrimage site at Lourdes.

Gallery: Flooding in France

Several hundred pilgrims had to leave hotels and camp sites as flash floods caused havoc.

The Limerick diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, which was due to take place this weekend, is among those to have been cancelled.

The town's famous grotto has been completely flooded.

Hundreds of people from the Limerick area were due to travel to Lourdes on Friday, but their trip has been cancelled due to flood damage to hotels and other buildings in the city.

Keywords: lourdes, floods