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Lourdes closed, 200 evacuated

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The Gave de Pau, the river passing through Lourdes, southwestern France
The Gave de Pau, the river passing through Lourdes, southwestern France

French authorities on Tuesday shut the grotto at Lourdes and evacuated about 200 people following flash floods at the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site.

The preventive measure came a day after heavy rain and unseasonal snowfall in the area led to rivers flowing well above normal levels, even cutting off some roads. Officials said most of the 200 people moved were those camping in the area. — AFP


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