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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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Department of Agriculture declared West Baton Rouge parish a primary disaster area, and five adjacent parishes as contiguous disaster areas.
These were designated as major disaster areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, for bank activities that help to revitalize or stabilize these areas.
The disaster areas, recognised under the Decree of August 29, 2017, will be subject to the intervention of the National Guarantee Fund (NGF), which will cover the interest resulting from the re-scheduling of loans contracted by farmers.
Freddie Mac is announcing that, effective today, it is suspending evictions and foreclosures on homes that are secured by Freddie Mac owned or guaranteed mortgages in eligible disaster areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
There have been 135,000 shelter boxes deployed to disaster areas throughout the world helping one million people.
APHA is raising its voice to fight an amendment that could have dire environmental consequences in disaster areas.
h The disaster areas had been facing declining populations, industrial hollowing-out and other challenges even before the earthquake.
The Emergency Response Centre will dispatch assessment and coordination experts to disaster areas, provide early warning about imminent disasters and facilitate the delivery of aid provided by member states in the event of a major disaster.
JOHANNESBURG (CyHAN)- South African Provincial and Local Government authorities are seeking support from National Government over the flood and storm stricken areas of their regions, which are to be labelled as disaster areas.
FASHION is getting behind the ShelterBox charity that delivers emergency relief to disaster areas around the world.
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) judged "it necessary to introduce a funds-supplying operation that provides financial institutions in disaster areas with longer-term funds in order to support their initial response efforts to meet the future demand for funds for restoration and rebuilding," it said in a statement after a two-day policy meeting through Thursday.
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.
Those who own mobile homes in declared disaster areas are now provided a delay of penalties and sale by the Illinois General Assembly.
WASHINGTON -- Students in natural disaster areas will get some added tax relief to help pay for their education.
The relief applies to taxpayers who live in or have a principal place of business in Texas counties or Louisiana parishes that were declared presidential disaster areas as a result of the storms (IR-2008-100, IR-2008-107, IR-2008-108).
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