disaster area


Definition of disaster area

: an area officially declared to be the scene of an emergency created by a disaster and therefore qualified to receive certain types of governmental aid (such as emergency loans and relief supplies)

Examples of disaster area in a Sentence

After the hurricane, the state was declared a disaster area. His office is a disaster area. How can he find anything in all this clutter?
Recent Examples on the Web Across the disaster area, people could only wait for the waters to recede before getting a full view of the damage. CBS News, "Hurricane Delta leaves hundreds of thousands without power," 11 Oct. 2020 Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso told KPLC-TV that the vehicles overturned on Interstate 10 should give pause to anyone thinking about rushing back to the disaster area. Rebecca Santana, Star Tribune, "Delta adds insult to injury in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana," 10 Oct. 2020 Thunderstorms and sizzling heat were expected in the disaster area on Friday, complicating recovery efforts. Anchorage Daily News, "Remnants of Hurricane Laura moves east, leaving a disaster in Louisiana," 28 Aug. 2020 The money in the fund can only be used if the federal government declares Dallas a disaster area, the statement said. Juan Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Eleven Dallas organizations receive $25,000 each to aid pandemic assistance," 6 Aug. 2020 The Lebanese presidency said on Twitter that Aoun had instructed the military to aid in the response and called an emergency meeting of the Supreme Defense Council on Tuesday evening, which declared Beirut a disaster area. Arkansas Online, "Two deadly explosions shatter day in Beirut; thousands of people hurt, more than 70 killed," 5 Aug. 2020 President Donald Trump announced plans to visit the disaster area on Friday. Kimberlee Kruesi, The Denver Post, "Tornadoes devastate Tennessee, killing at least 22 people," 3 Mar. 2020 The flooding downstream created a disaster area in Midland County and forced the evacuation of 10,000 people. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "After Midland flood, Wixom, Sanford lake residents face long, complicated restoration," 3 June 2020 Thousands have been evacuated, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared the county a disaster area. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "EGLE said failed Midland County dam in 'fair' condition after inspection in late 2018," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of disaster area

1911, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Disaster area.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disaster%20area. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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disaster area


English Language Learners Definition of disaster area

: an area where there has been a major disaster (such as a flood, tornado, or earthquake) and where people can receive special help from the government (such as money to rebuild homes or emergency supplies)
informal : a place that is very messy or dirty

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