1. Stephen Fonseca, International Committee of the Red Cross forensic coordinator for Africa, arriving at field to search for remains of bodies of Cyclone Idai victims
2. Fonseca finding and examining bones
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Fonseca, International Committee of the Red Cross forensic coordinator for Africa:
"We know (that) nine family members were swept from there, from what we're told, from that direction, they were swept towards, I think it's the Mussapa river."
4. Fonseca walking through field
5. Small shoe
6. Close of bones
7 . SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen Fonseca, International Committee of the Red Cross forensic coordinator for Africa:
"We had found some remains, there is a number of different elements and a number of broken bones; what we think is largely due to scavenging, so we have recovered each and every element that we can see. Normally, we'd do a very thorough search of this whole area, but we just don't have the time to do that. Moving from scene to scene, we've collected what we think is obvious, and what we can find, and then it's time to give it back to the local authorities and organize a burial."
8. Fonseca placing bones in body bag, which will be buried
Nearly a month after Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique causing great devastation, searches for victims' bodies are still under way.
As the International Committee of the Red Cross' forensic coordinator for Africa, Stephen Fonseca was the only body recovery specialist searching the region after the tropical cyclone hit.
If the final death toll of the disaster ever emerges - it is now above 600 in Mozambique alone - his findings from field searches could contribute to information on identities and provide some relief for grieving relatives.
During a visit to Magaru on Friday, Fonseca and a team were searching for remains that could belong to members of a family of nine who had been reported missing after severe flooding swept them away from their home toward a river nearby.
After he was informed that a set of vertebrae - so young they had not yet fused - had been found in a field, Fonseca went to Magaru to try to find the rest of the body, pair it with possible findings of belongings, and ultimately bury the remains in a grave.
The search proved difficult in the field of ruined maize, because in every direction were scattered kernels and stalks bleached by the sun; at a glance, much of the landscape looked like bones.
However, some human bones were found.
"There is a number of different elements and a number of broken bones; what we think is largely due to scavenging, so we have recovered each and every element that we can see. Normally, we'd do a very thorough search of this whole area, but we just don't have the time to do that," Fonseca said about the discovery.
The bones were examined and placed in a white body bag, which was buried in grave nearby.
The stark scene brought home the overwhelming challenge that Fonseca has faced every day since wading into the devastation that Idai left in Mozambique after its landfall on March 10.
As waters began to recede, Fonseca began walking for miles through thick mud, hoping to find victims' bodies before hungry animals like crocodiles, hippos, dogs and pigs did.
Talking to local residents, he realised that many were concerned about the dignity of the dead, which inspired the decision to give bodies or remains that were found a quick, but respectful burial.
With forensic methods such as DNA tests, fingerprinting and dental records almost impossible in rural Mozambique, Fonseca is using what he calls "cultural identification," with clothing, location and other signs taken into consideration when identifying bodies.
Without a mandate from Mozambique's government to issue death certificates or compile official figures, he instead gave community leaders guidance on handling the dead.
Local residents were given wooden grave markers, body tags and gloves, to be able to carry out the work as he continued to the next village.