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disaster area

1. A location where a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, flood, or storm, occurred. An area designated as such is often the recipient of government aid. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the president declared New Orleans a disaster area and allotted federal funding for the rescue and cleanup efforts.
2. A messy or unclean space. After only a few weeks of living on his own, Adam's apartment looked like a disaster area because he never bothered to clean up after himself.
3. A situation, idea, or plan that is poorly planned or organized. The new economic plan that the senator proposed sounded like a complete disaster area.
See also: area, disaster

a diˈsaster area


1 (informal) a place or situation that has a lot of problems, is a failure, or is badly organized: The room was a disaster area (= very untidy), with stuff piled everywhere and nowhere to sit.The current system of taxation is a disaster area.
2 a place where a disaster has happened and which needs special help: After the floods, the whole region was declared a disaster area.
See also: area, disaster
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Farmers from disaster areas with a certificate confirming drought damage issued by the regional agricultural development commission (CRDA) concerned benefit from this rescheduling, which is done on a case-by-case basis and does not cover farmers in irrigated areas.
The Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial government has now approached National Government for assistance, to get affected regions declared as disaster areas.
The following counties in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tristate area were declared to be federal disaster areas in the wake of the storms occurring during March 12-15, 2010.
Local businesses will be first in line for federal contracts in disaster areas under an interim rule adopted by the Federal Acquisition Regulations councils.
KETRA had established special rules regarding the retirement funds of individuals who lived in the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Area (see map 1) and sustained economic losses due to the storm.
A listing of the designated disaster areas is on the Board's web site at www.
The extended period would apply if both the property that was damaged and the replacement property is within the presidentially-declared disaster area for Hurricane Katrina.
Homeowners who are insured and lose their principal residence in a federally declared disaster area can take their Sec.
Her mother wants her to clean up the mess, but she is reluctant because she identifies herself with the disaster area.
Kampala -- At the conclusion of a meeting on March 2, 2004, religious leaders of the Acholi, Lango, and Teso ethnic groups appealed to Uganda's government to declare the north a disaster area and to ask for international help to end the fighting.
SBA Disaster Area 2 Office, One Baltimore Place, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30308, 800/359-2227.
Colorado's governor, Bill Owens, recently signed a bill prohibiting insurers from refusing to issue a fire insurance policy' within a federally designated disaster area due to wildfire.
a disaster area, allowing farmers to apply for low-interest loans.
Already the area that was Ground Zero resembles more of a huge construction site than a disaster area.
Roads like the one from Rosario to Bahia Blanca are a disaster area with trucks crashing into each other all the time.
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