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?

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This law, found in Chapter 58 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code, provides other valuable protections for those rebuilding in disaster areas. Larry Abbott, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA: Here’s how to choose a pro contractor," 1 July 2018 President Jimmy Morales declared three days of mourning and toured shelters and the disaster area. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "Guatemala Volcano’s Death Toll, Now at 65, Is Likely to Rise," 4 June 2018 The federal government operates an extensive medical corps that is dispatched into disaster areas as quickly as possible. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Emergency medication management tips," 8 July 2018 Right, aerial view of El Rodeo, one of the villages in the disaster area. Times Staff, latimes.com, "Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts, covering villages in ash and leaving 75 dead," 6 June 2018 Organizers also are asking for boots for the firefighters working in the disaster area, because their boots are melting. Sonia Osorio, miamiherald, "More than 1 million Guatemalans need help after volcanic eruption. Here's how to help.," 6 June 2018 President Jimmy Morales traveled to survey the disaster area. Washington Post, "Guatemala volcano death toll up to 69, expected to rise," 4 June 2018 President Jimmy Morales traveled to survey the disaster area. Sonia Perez D., chicagotribune.com, "Only a few of Guatemala volcano's dead have been identified," 4 June 2018 President Jimmy Morales traveled to survey the disaster area. Sonia Perez D., The Seattle Times, "Guatemala volcano death toll up to 69, expected to rise," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of disaster area

1911, in the meaning defined above

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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)

: a place that is very messy or dirty

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