disaster n (sudden, unexpected event)
catastrophe f → She was in Mexico when the disaster happened. → It would be a disaster not to reach the final. → The potential for disaster is enormous. (longer term)
désastre m a rail disaster une catastrophe ferroviaire → the worst air disaster since 1979 economic disaster désastre économique → We are on the brink of economic disaster. to be a disaster être désastreux (-euse) The government's education policy is a disaster. La politique du gouvernement en matière d'éducation est désastreuse. disaster struck le malheur a frappé → It was the day disaster struck → Disaster struck in the late 1970s when the cost of raw materials rocketed to be a recipe for disaster mener droit à la catastrophe
(lit) zone f sinistrée
→ The region has been declared a disaster area.
(=place) zone f sinistrée
→ His office was a disaster area of papers and full ashtrays ...
→ Parts of the sport are complete disaster areas. The quality of competitions has declined.
→ Japan has been a disaster area for more than a decade for investors as the economy headed towards recession and the imprudence of bankers and borrowers was revealed.
(=person) catastrophe $ f
→ He's a nice old rascal but a disaster area as a politician.
he's a walking disaster area c'est une catastrophe ambulante
→ He is a walking disaster area who reminds one not so much of Keir Hardie as Laurel and Hardy.
n film m catastrophe
(=aid) aide f aux victimes de catastrophes
→ The Red Cross were coordinating the disaster relief
→ Charities want to move beyond providing emergency disaster relief
n sinistré (e) m/f
n zone f sinistrée
→ the Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan, where, according to one report, coastal areas were last week declared a disaster zone.
n catastrophe f naturelle
a natural disaster like an earthquake une catastrophe naturelle comme un tremblement de terre