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Angelina Jolie Visited Flood-Affected Pakistan, Says This Is A Wake Up Call That Climate Change Is Here

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A while back, there was new coming in from South Korea that severe floods had hit Seoul, submerging cars on the roads. Another horrifying flooding has happened in Pakistan with the rains taking lives of 1000s. Officials reported that at least nine more people in Pakistan’s flood-affected districts have perished from watery infections, as actress Angelina Jolie paid a visit to the country to speak with those in need. 

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie visited flood-affected families in Dadu district, one of southern Pakistan’s worst-hit regions. According to the international humanitarian group IRC which arranged the visit, Jolie spoke with a number of women who are currently living in tents. They spoke of their difficulties and informed her that they required food, water, and medical care. Jolie, who has spent more than ten years working for worldwide humanitarian causes, previously travelled to Pakistan following severe flooding in 2010. Angelina Jolie who serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), made remarks the day after touring flood-ravaged areas in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province saying, “I’ve never seen anything like this. I am overwhelmed.” She further added that this should serve as wake-up call that not only is climate change coming but it is already here. 

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According to the disaster management organisation, a strong and prolonged monsoon came on to Pakistan with three times more rains than normal in recent weeks which led to destructive flooding that claimed 1,559 lives which included 551 children and 318 women. In a grave situation that UNICEF described as “beyond bleak”, officials are warning that they now run the risk of losing control over the spread of illnesses. As the floodwaters that covered hundreds of miles begin to recede, which authorities predict will take two to six months, hundreds of thousands of people who were displaced by the flooding and have been forced to live outdoors where stagnant waters have bred diseases like malaria, dengue fever, skin and eye infections, and acute diarrhoea.

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Angelina Jolie has been an inspiration and a symbol of hope for many in her many years of humanitarian services. Not only has she set an exemplary example but has also practices what she preaches. I hope that things get better for those in Pakistan and they are able to cope with the losses they have faced.

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