“Never seen anything like this”: Angelina Jolie ‘Overwhelmed’ by the flood devastation in Pakistan

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“I feel overwhelmed but I feel it is not fair to say that since I am not living this”. Speaking from the heart, humanitarian and actor Angelina Jolie visited the National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC) on Wednesday.

More than seven million people displaced, and many living in makeshift tents without protection from mosquitoes. People have little access to clean drinking water or washing facilities. Floods caused by record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan’s northern mountain regions have submerged a third of the country’s land. The devastation claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people, and impacting an estimated 33 million more, washing away homes, roads, railways, livestock and crops.

Witnessing people’s suffering during her visit to Dadu in Sindh moved the Hollywood actress. She said she had met flood victims. She also said that she is with the flood-affected people and will make all-out efforts to let the world know the scale of devastation.

Angelina Jolie arrived in Dadu where she met with flood victims, especially women. She visited the flood-ravaged areas to gain an understanding of the situation. Angelina Jolie said she is with Pakistan in “pushing the international community to do more” for the flood relief. She said the level of flood devastation is very different, which she termed a “wake up call” to the world. Angelina Jolie also drew the world’s attention to climate change. She said the threat is “not only real, it’s not only coming, it’s very much here.”

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