A disaster is a major disruption of a community’s or society’s functioning resulting in widespread human, economic, material, or environmental losses and impacts that exceed the afflicted community’s or society’s ability to manage using its own resources.

Disasters are frequently described as the result of a mix of factors such as being exposed to a hazard, existing conditions of vulnerability, and a lack of capability or steps to mitigate or cope with the possible negative repercussions. Disease, injury, loss of life, and other negative effects on human physical, mental, and social well-being may occur as a result of disasters, as well as property damage, loss of services, asset destruction, social and economic disruption, and environmental degradation.


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