The American Hollywood star and special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees visited the affected areas and requested additional assistance for the victims.
American Hollywood star Angelina Jolie estimated that the devastating floods that hit Pakistan should be a warning signal to the world about the effects of climate change, while she called for aid to be provided to the country as soon as possible after visiting victims of the disaster.
“I have never seen anything like it before,” Jolie, a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said on Wednesday. The American actress had visited Pakistan after two other natural disasters: the deadly earthquake of 2005 and the major floods of 2010.
This year’s floods were caused by torrential monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan, two phenomena that scientists believe have been exacerbated by climate change. A third of the country is now under water, and the death toll since June is approaching 1,600, according to the latest official count.
More than 7 million people have been displaced, with many now living in makeshift camps without mosquito protection, sanitation and drinking water.
“I am firmly on your side to push the international community to do more (…). It’s a real danger signal to the world about where we are” in terms of global warming, Jolie added during a meeting with political and military officials in Islamabad.
“Climate change is not just real, it’s not coming, it’s already here,” he stressed.
The actress visited Sindh province, one of the most affected, where she spoke to displaced people living in camps.
The UN has warned that Pakistan is now threatened by “a second disaster” due to diseases including dengue fever, cholera, malaria, diarrhea and malnutrition.
“I spoke to people who told me that there is not enough help, that they won’t be there in a few weeks, they won’t survive. There are too many children who are severely malnourished,” Angelina Jolie complained.
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