a region so severely damaged by a flood, hurricane, or other natural catastrophe that its inhabitants need food, clothing, shelter, and economic aid from national charities or the federal government.
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How to use distressed area in a sentence
Neighborhood-based job training and placement services would help people living in distressed areas.How to fix what the innovation economy broke about America | Katie McLean | February 17, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
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