Heavy rains in France has led to the overflowing of the Gave River and have resulted in floods due to which large scale evacuation of 427 pilgrims from hotels had to be undertaken.
The pilgrims had arrived to journey to the Roman Catholic shrine in Lourdes situated on the banks of the Gave River.
This has been reported in nzherald.co.nz of dated 21st of October 2012.
It is believed by the Catholics that the Virgin Mary had appeared to a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 in this location – hence, it is considered to be a holy place.
The town attracts nearly 6 million visitors a year who come to see the grotto – but that is now flooded with about 1.5-meters of water under a statue of the Virgin Mary.
There is a strong belief that bathing in the spring waters here can cure many incurable diseases.
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