Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Disaster

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_810

Definition

A disaster is a serious disruption of the function of society, causing widespread human, material or environmental losses that exceed the ability of the affected society to cope using only its own resources.

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