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Angelina Jolie visits flood-ravaged Pakistan to understand the humanitarian crisis

Angelina Jolie is ready for another humanitarian mission as she will visit Pakistan, which has been hit by floods amid a devastating humanitarian crisis.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said in a statement on Monday that the 47-year-old actress would travel to the South Asian country to raise awareness of the natural disaster that is threatening the lives of millions.

Jolie “visited to witness and gain understanding of the situation and to hear directly from affected people about their needs and steps to prevent such suffering in the future,” the statement said.

The floods were caused by monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan’s northern mountainous regions, submerging a third of the country.

The death toll from the deluge itself has reached 1,559, including 551 children and 318 women, which does not include deaths from disease, the country’s disaster management agency said.

An intense and long-lasting monsoon has poured about three times as much rain on Pakistan in the past few weeks as the average, flooding large parts of the country.

The torrential monsoon was a centennial event likely made more intense by climate change, scientists say.

Pakistani Climate Minister Sherry Rehman described the situation as “the worst humanitarian disaster of this decade”.

As they ask for urgent international help to provide food, tents and medicine, Jolie will visit IRC relief operations and local organizations helping the displaced.

The statement said the A-lister “will see firsthand how countries like Pakistan are paying the greatest cost of a crisis they did not create.

“IRC hopes that their visit will shed light on this matter and prompt the international community – particularly the countries that contribute the most to carbon emissions – to act and provide urgent support to the countries bearing the brunt of the climate crisis .”

According to IRC, this will be Jolie’s third visit to the country, having previously visited the country in 2005 and 2010 following natural disasters.

On Tuesday it was reported that at least nine more people died from waterborne diseases that have afflicted tens of thousands of displaced people living in areas devastated by Pakistan’s floods, officials said, warning they risked losing control of the spread of losing infections.

Hundreds of people may have died from diseases that spread after the floods, authorities in southern Sindh region said, and villagers there said shortages of drinking water meant they drank and cooked with floodwaters.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the “wave of illnesses and deaths” had a “potential for a second disaster” after the floods.

Standing water allows mosquitoes to breed and spread vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue, it said.

As floodwaters spread over hundreds of kilometers begin to recede in what officials say could take two to six months, stagnant waters have led to diseases including malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea and skin problems, mainly in Sindh – the worst of the floods affected country.

The Sindh provincial government said nine people died on Monday from gastroenteritis, acute diarrhea and suspected malaria. A total of 318 deaths from disease have been reported since July 1.

According to the report, as of Monday, over 72,000 patients were being treated in makeshift or mobile hospitals set up in flood-hit regions.

Over 2.7 million people have been treated in these facilities since July 1, the report said.

Jolie is as well known for her humanitarian efforts as she is for her acting, due to all the work she has done over the decades, including in Cambodia.

Jolie’s family has strong ties to the country, having adopted the eldest child Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, 21, from the country and even starting a non-profit charity dedicated to environmental safety, improving health and bringing peace and stability to the country dedicated to all communities His name is Maddox Jolie-Pitt (MJP) Foundation.

Angelina first witnessed the impact of the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Cambodia while filming the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

She later bought a home in the country in 2003 to connect son Maddox to his heritage in an area infiltrated by poachers and endangered species, so she bought it and turned it into a wildlife sanctuary paving the way for the MJP Foundation paved .

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