Angelina Jolie Visits Flood-Hit Pakistan, Offers Support

Hollywood actress and UN humanitarian Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to one of the worst flood-hit areas in southern Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, as the death toll from the floods that had been going on for months was 1,559.

Television footage showed Jolie arriving at an airport in Karachi, the capital of the southern province of Sindh, where floods since mid-June have killed 692 people, damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and left half a million people homeless. Later, she visited some of the areas affected by the floods, according to local media.

According to the IRC, a leading international aid group, Angelina Jolie is traveling to Pakistan to support communities affected by the devastating floods. The government has not commented on Jolie’s visit to Dadu, one of the worst-hit districts where waterborne diseases have also caused nearly 300 deaths since July. Currently, doctors are trying to contain the outbreak of waterborne diseases among flood survivors.

The visit comes as Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is in New York for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In his speech, Sharif will highlight the damage caused by climate change-induced floods in the impoverished country.

Pakistan says the floods caused $30 billion in damage to the country’s economy.

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