Lourdes Pellegrini evacuati.Allagata la Grotta

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20019587
(by pio dal cin) La BBC racconta in questo articolo di drammatiche evacuazioni di centinaia di pellegrini che hanno rischiato di rimanere bloccati a seguito dell'alluvione, la peggiore negli ultimi quarant'anni a lourdes. Le drammatiche foto della Grotta dell'Apparizione sott'acqua.


Hundreds of Roman Catholic pilgrims have been evacuated from the sanctuary of Lourdes in France after heavy flooding in the area.
The Gave de Pau river burst its banks after days of rain, flooding campsites around the shrine and parts of the southern city itself.
Lourdes is famous for what many Roman Catholics believe was a vision of the Virgin Mary by a local girl in 1858.
Millions of pilgrims from around the world visit the shrine each year.
'Worst in 40 years'
The flooded Grotto in Lourdes. Photo: 20 October 2012The altar at the grotto is now under water
More than 450 pilgrims, including the sick and disabled, were evacuated from the area by Saturday, local officials say.
The water now is about a metre (three feet) deep in front of the grotto where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared, covering the altar.
However, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception itself - situated on higher ground - has not suffered any damage, officials say.
"I've seen nothing like it in 40 years," hotel owner Pierre Barrere was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
Meteorologists warn that the rain - which has been falling since Thursday - is likely to continue until at least Sunday.

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