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RED CROSS HELPS DISASTER VICTIMS

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Elizabeth Dole, visiting a tornado-mangled town Friday, likened its devastation to other disasters she has witnessed as president of the American Red Cross.

"There no doubt about it, it's a real catastrophe," Dole said after touring College Station, a working-class town outside Little Rock, Ark., hard-hit in last Saturday's 260-mile storm swath."I visited during the Northridge earthquake in 1994. . . . I visited the refugees in Rwanda and Zaire," she said. "Your heart really just goes out to people who have lost so much, especially for those people who have lost loved ones."

The Red Cross has set up disaster relief centers in Arkadelphia, College Station, Jonesboro and Little Rock to help storm victims get shelter, food, medical attention and counseling.

"I got blown away along with my house," Terry Walton, 50, told Dole. "It means a great deal to know that we have help."