Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment

Read more

FOCUS

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The pen is mightier than the sword'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Requiem for a recorder'

Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Turkey’s Erdogan names foreign minister Davutoglu as next PM

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • US attorney general visits Missouri town after fatal shooting

    Read more

France

Woman dies in flooding that closed Lourdes site

Video by Solange MOUGIN

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-06-19

Heavy rain in south-western France that forced the closure of the sanctuary at Catholic pilgrimage destination Lourdes has claimed the life of a 70-year-old woman, who was caught in a raging torrent.

A 70-year-old woman was killed Wednesday as a result of flooding that forced the closure of the main sanctuary at Lourdes, a Catholic pilgrimage destination in south-western France.

The unnamed woman died as she tried to get out of her car which was caught in a raging torrent at the village of Pierrefitte-Nestalas where the Gave de Pau river, which flows through nearby Lourdes, burst its banks.

Late on Tuesday, local authorities shut the sanctuary ringing the cave at Lourdes, whose spring water many Catholics believe can miraculously cure illness.

Approximately 200 people were also evacuated due to the severe weather.

The measure came a day after heavy rain and even some snowfall in the area led to rivers throughout the region flowing well above their normal levels, cutting off some roads.

"The Sanctuaries are closed apart from the Upper Basilica," a Gothic church above the grotto, the local prefecture of the Haute-Garonne area said in a statement.

"We are very vigilant although for the present the situation is not catastrophic."
In 2012, the Lourdes shrines were closed after flash floods caused hundreds of thousands of euros in damage.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-06-19

  • FRANCE

    Lourdes launches massive clean up after flash floods

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Lourdes shrines reopen after bomb scare

    Read more

COMMENT(S)