Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to help the people affected by the Louisiana floods, a natural disaster that has killed at least 11 people and affected thousands of others. The massive flooding has caused widespread destruction in Louisiana — the state where the 26-year-old singer kicked off her “1989 World Tour” last year.
“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,” Swift told the Associated Press in a statement.
According to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office, over 60,000 people have registered for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Since Friday, over 30,000 people have been rescued. With over 40,000 homes damaged, the floods are reportedly the worst in the state’s history. The governor has declared an emergency.
“I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time,” Swift said.