Pop Star Donates $1m To Louisiana Flood Victims

  • Oyelowo Mayowa Wednesday Aug 17, 2016

Pop star Taylor Swift is billed to donate $1m (£770,000) to help the victims of the latest floods that hit the United States.


Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes after torrential rains lashed parts of the southern state of Louisiana.

At least 11 people are feared to have died in the disaster, in what was described as once in 1000-years event by the National Weather Service.

Among those who lost their homes was The Wire and Treme actor Wendell Pierce, whose house was badly damaged whenwater swept through the city of Baton Rouge.

Swift said she felt compelled to contribute towards a fund set up to help those affected because of the welcome she received there last year during her world tour.

She told the Associated Press: "We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home. The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking. I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time." She told Associate press.

At least 40,000 homes have been reportedly damaged and 30,000 people have had to be rescued by the emergency services with more than 60,000 have registered for disaster aid.

In the Parish of Livingston, one of the hardest-hit areas with about 138,000 people, an official estimated that 75% of the homes were a total loss.

The White House has declared four Louisiana counties as major disaster areas.

Authorities have reportedly started the grim task of going door to door and car to car to check for undiscovered bodies.


Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a statement on Tuesday: "Our state is currently experiencing a historic flooding event that is breaking every record.

"This event is ongoing, it is not over. We do not know when the floodwaters will recede, and they will continue to rise in some areas."

It will be recalled that in July, dozens of people died after Storm Jonas caused flashfloods in Texas and Oklahoma.

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