Jolie Appeals For Pakistan Aid

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August 17, 2010 | 7:35am EST

Angelina Jolie has urged members of the public to donate to the flood relief effort in Pakistan as the death toll reaches more than 2,000.

Officials at the World Bank announced plans to loan $900 million to the country earlier this week after the nation was struck by its worst floods in 80 years.

Aid has been slow to reach Pakistan and fears are growing that the spread of water-borne diseases will claim yet more lives.

Jolie, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations (U.N.), and her partner Brad Pitt are preparing to hand over a chunk of their fortune to help those affected by the floods – and she’s hoping fans will follow in her lead.

She says, “I think as people completely understand the scale of it they will do more.

“I know that we’ve been talking to different people about where to put our money – who to give it to and when. I think maybe people are ready to give money… hopefully they’re just waiting to understand what’s the best thing to do.”