Worst hit is Mozambique, which had been making great economic strides since the end of their long civil war in 1992. Says one flood survivor, "The civil war was difficult and took a lot away from my family, but the flooding has taken everything." Some 650,000 people are displaced, and 120,000 families have lost over 140,000 hectares (345,800 acres) of land and crops due to the flooding.
CWS is working to help rural families that lost all household and agricultural supplies to re-establish their farming capacity as they return to their homes. Families in Mozambique are hoping to plant crops again in September, and planting is expected to resume sooner in Madagascar. Some 6,000 returning families in Mozambique and 8,000 families in Madagascar will receive rural resettlement kits, which include blankets, plastic sheeting, mosquito nets, health kits, landmine awareness materials, cooking utensils, a charcoal cook stove, wash basin, plastic jerry can, basic food stuffs (rice, beans, maize, sugar, salt, cooking oil), seeds, and tools.