Philippines typhoon aid worker tells her story

A queue of people waiting for aid
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Cat Carter is an aid worker for Save the Children, helping people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. She shared her diary with Newsround.

Heading to the Philippines - Monday 11 November

I have an hour to pack my emergency kit before leaving the UK. I take a tent, sleeping mat, mosquito net, first aid kit and clean clothes.

I also take some aquatabs which make water safe to drink, and a satellite phone because the mobile networks in Tacloban are down.

I call my family and friends and cancel plans to see them. They're used to me leaving at short notice but I always feel terrible.

A destroyed building Many buildings have completely collapsed

It's a long journey to Tacloban. I fly via Dubai, Manila and Cebu before boarding a small plane into Tacloban.

The airport in Tacloban is badly damaged and there's no electricity in the city.

There's a mass of people at the airport hoping to get on a plane out of Tacloban.

One mother tells me: "We cannot survive in Tacloban. There is no food, no water, no medicine."

Everywhere I look I see broken buildings, piles of rubbish and even dead bodies in the streets.

It's an aid worker's nightmare. I don't even know where to begin. We're facing a massive challenge here.

Read more:Day two: What life is like in Tacloban

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