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French Interior Minister Manuel Valls and French Ecology Sustainable... News Photo 170859061Development,Emergencies and Disasters,Environment,Extreme Weather,Flood,Following,France,French Culture,Fuel and Power Generation,Hautes-Pyrenees,Heavy,Horizontal,Indoors,Lourdes,Manuel Valls,Minister,Reportage,Sustainable Resources,Tarbes,VisitPhotographer AFPCollection: AFP 2013 AFPFrench Interior Minister Manuel Valls (C) and French Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Delphine Batho (R) visit Lourdes, southwestern France, on June 19,2013, following heavy rainfalls. Flash floods in southwestern France claimed two elderly victims in the space of 24 hours and forced the inundated grotto at Lourdes to remain closed for a second day, officials said on June 19. The region has been lashed by unseasonal storms since June 18 and more than 2,000 people have had to be evacuated from their homes, some of them by helicopter. AFP PHOTO/LAURENT DARD (Photo credit should read LAURENT DARD/AFP/Getty Images)