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March 25, 2003 

 (Camilla-AP) -- State emergency aid workers say they need more donations to set help tornado victims in southwest Georgia. Last week's storm left dozens of residents were left homeless in Camilla.

The storm killed six people, injured 200, destroyed up to 100 homes and damaged 50 more when it struck Mitchell County and later touched down Worth County on Thursday.

About 265 homes and businesses were affected by the storm, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. At least 66 of those structures were destroyed, while another 70 received "major" damage.

State emergency aid workers are seeking donations ranging from bottled water to tarps, which will be used to cover damaged roofs. The center was set up on Saturday. Officials say more than 230 families have registered for aid at GEMA's disaster relief center, set up at Camilla City Hall.

Camilla is recovering from its second tornado in three years. A storm tore through the same area on Valentine's Day 2000, killing 11. The donation center is operated on behalf of GEMA by the South Georgia division of Adventist Community Services.

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