Hollywood actress and United Nations aid worker Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to one of the worst flood-hit areas in southern Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said. They said the death toll from the months-long floods has risen to 1,559.
TV footage showed Jolie arriving at an airport in Karachi, the capital of the southern province of Sindh. 692 people have lost their lives in floods there since mid-June. Thousands of houses were damaged in the floods and five lakh people were left homeless.
Local media reported that he later visited some of the flood-hit areas. According to IRC, a prominent international aid group, Jolie is visiting Pakistan to help communities affected by the devastating floods.
Jolie visited Dadu, one of the worst affected districts. About 300 people have died there since July due to water-borne diseases. The government has not commented on Jolie’s grandfather’s visit. Currently, doctors are trying to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases among flood survivors.
The visit comes at a time when Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is in New York to attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In his speech, Sharif will highlight the damage caused by climate change-induced floods in poor countries.
Pakistan says that the economic loss of the country due to the flood is 3 trillion dollars.
Source: Voice of America