Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has said she was “overwhelmed” after traveling to Pakistan’s flood-ravaged areas and meeting victims.
Ms. Jolie, who undertakes regular humanitarian trips as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, visited the severely affected southern province of Sindh, where she met with displaced people living in camps.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” the actor and humanitarian said Thursday.
After their meeting, she said she felt “overwhelmed” and expressed concern that if more help does not arrive, many of the victims will not survive.
“I’ve been talking to people and thinking that if not enough help comes in, they won’t be here in the next few weeks, they won’t make it,” Ms. Jolie said.
Catastrophic flooding has left a third of Pakistan under water and authorities warn the floodwaters are unlikely to recede for the next six months. The disaster, which has left more than seven million people displaced and impacted 33 million, has been linked to the climate crisis by an international group of climatologists.
Ms Jolie arrived at an airport in Karachi on Wednesday, the capital of the southern province of Sindh, where flooding has killed 692 people in the last three months.
He traveled to Dadu, where waterborne diseases have also caused nearly 300 deaths since July, and spoke to people about their needs.
Later, at a meeting of civil and military officials in the capital, Islamabad, he said: “I am absolutely with you to put pressure on the international community to do more… I think this is a real wake-up call to the world on where we’re”. they are in.
“Climate change is not only real and it is not only coming, it is very present.”
The climate crisis has led to catastrophic flooding in the country, with the death toll now at 1,559, including 551 children and 318 women.
According to the International Rescue Committee, a leading international aid group, Ms. Jolie is visiting Pakistan to support communities affected by the devastating floods.
“Ms. Jolie is visiting to witness and understand the situation, and to hear from those directly affected about their needs and steps to prevent such suffering in the future,” the IRC said in a statement.
“Ms. Jolie, who previously visited victims of the 2010 Pakistan floods and the 2005 earthquake, will visit IRC emergency response operations and local organizations helping displaced people, including Afghan refugees” .
The visit comes after Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif traveled to New York for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, where he will highlight the damage caused by climate change-induced flooding in the impoverished country. .
Pakistan has suffered more than $30bn (£26.5bn) worth of damage from the floods, which scientists have blamed on the man-made climate crisis.
Pakistan, which has contributed less than 1 percent of global carbon emissions, is one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis and has demanded rich countries pay climate reparations.
Meanwhile, an outbreak of viral and waterborne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea and skin infections have overwhelmed the system in all provinces as several areas remain submerged. According to the UN, the public health crisis may be a “second disaster” in the country.
Source : www.independent.co.uk