US pop superstar Madonna has used her Instagram account to appeal for donations to help survivors of deadly floods which have swept through Malawi over the past week.
More than 170 people have been killed and 200,000 displaced by torrential rain and flooding in Malawi.
Large areas in the south are underwater and homes, crops and livestock have been washed away.
The continuing rain is making rescue operations difficult.
Madonna who adopted son, 9-year-old David Banda and has another Malawi-born child, Mercy Chifundo James, has encouraged her Instagram followers to “say a prayer for Malawi” and donate what they can to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to help those in need.
She shared a snap of the extreme flooding online and issued a call to action by captioning the photo: “Malawi needs our help! Massive Floods have killed at least 48 and displaced more than 100 thousand! People!!! Please join me and @UnicefUSA in providing emergency aid to those who lost their homes and loved ones! Donate.”
Madonna established the Raising Malawi foundation to build schools for disadvantaged kids across the nation.
She was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare by the country’s President Peter Mutharika during her last year’s visit to the southern African nation.