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A catastrophe of old (5)


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'a catastrophe' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both types of natural phenomena as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps there's a link between them I don't understand?

'of old' is the wordplay.
'of old' can be anagrammed to 'FLOOD'.
However, I'm unsure how this is indicated.

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(Other definitions for flood that I've seen before include "Inundation" , "lot of water" , "Light" , "Overwhelming amount" , "swamp" .)

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