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Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga donate to Louisiana flood relief efforts

Pop stars Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga are donating to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people.

Swift announces $1M donation

Taylor Swift is donating $1 million US to Louisiana amid devastating flooding in the state. (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images)

Pop stars Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga are donating to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people.

Swift, who is donating $1 million US, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her 1989 World Tour in the state 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," the 26-year-old said in a statement.

"I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time," Swift said.

Volunteers pull a boat with a woman and young child evacuated from their homes in Baton Rouge on Saturday. The flooding is some of the worst in Louisiana history, killing at least 11 and damaging at least 40,000 homes. (John Oubre/The Advocate/Associated Press)

The flooding is some of the worst in Louisiana history, damaging at least 40,000 homes. More than 60,000 people have registered for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after widespread flooding hit the state, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' office.

Over 30,000 people have been rescued since Friday, with more being brought to safety by the hour. 

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga also announced, via Twitter, that she and her family are supporting relief efforts.

Pop singer-songwriter Lady Gaga also said she was supporting relief efforts. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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