disaster area

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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. By extension, an excessively 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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Counties declared as disaster areas and designated for individual assistance by FEMA after March 12, 2017 will be eligible for assistance.
SIR - The UK has always in the past been one of the first, if not the first, country to head for disaster areas around the world.
There have been 135,000 shelter boxes deployed to disaster areas throughout the world helping one million people.
For instance, I was saddened to learn that some banks stopped their lending activities in the disaster areas after the calamity.
Though most of the new provisions require a relationship to the disaster areas, CPAs must be aware of certain provisions that any taxpayer can take advantage of.
Louisiana and Alabama were declared disaster areas and Florida applied for the same status.
Nine of the remaining 10 MSOs are assigned to geographic areas nationwide and are rotated within those geographic areas to provide service assistance to rural, inter-city and disaster areas year-round.
The law also raises the limit on disaster loans to $10 million from $1.5 million for those firms in the declared disaster areas and defers payments of principal and interest for two years.
In addition, the IRS is providing broader relief to all taxpayers in the five boroughs of New York City declared disaster areas by President Bush.
The 20-year-old, from Scarborough, Yorkshire, was called up to fly to India after completing a two-year training course with Rapid UK, an organisation that sends rescue teams to disaster areas across the world.
The provincial government has declared the worst-hit regions of Badin and Thatta as disaster areas. Additional numbers of army and navy troops have been dispatched to the areas by ship.
Eligible households or small businesses that sustained damage in the disaster areas may apply for USD 5,000 through one of the bank's member financial institutions (banks, credit unions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies) on a first-come, first-served basis.
From December 5 to 10, Turkish helicopters carried 197.4 tons of food and aid materials to the disaster areas.
* Their homes or businesses are (or were) located in any of the parishes or counties that President Bush declared as disaster areas; see Exhibit 3 on p.
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