BLANTYRE (Maravipost)–Malawi ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has organised what it calls ‘Valentine’s dinner and dance’ whose proceeds will go towards floods victims across the country.
The dinner and dance will take place on Saturday, February 14 at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe where President Peter Mutharika will be the guest of honour.
Activities on the day will include musiv performances from Mibawa Band, Saul Chembezi, DPP Sendera Sisters, Edgar and Davis and Kambuku Band, among others.
Dress code: Black tie for men and evening/national dress for ladies (red or blue)
President Mutharika recently declared Malawi State of Disaster and appealed for foreign aid.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), in an update on the disasters, about 638,000 people have been affected nationwide with 174,000 people left homeless in three most affected districts namely Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe.
The update also gives the figure of 79 deaths and 153 people missing in Nsanje.
Meanwhile, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has allocated an additional K1 billion towards the disaster relief programme following flooding and damage to property in 15 of the country’s 28 districts.
Initially, government provided K500 million towards the relief programme, which is requiring about K38 billion for a full response which could leave the 200,000 displaced people vulnerable and at risk of hunger and diseases in the camps where they are seeking shelter.