What another word for a place being in ruins (figuratively). Like a place hit with a tornado and is now in ____?
From the OED:
5b. pl. … a scene of disorder or devastation; a ruin; a mess. orig. U.S.
1926 P. H. de Kruif Microbe Hunters iii. iv. 83 Once more his laboratory became a shambles of cluttered flasks and hurrying assistants.
1966 M. R. D. Foot SOE in France viii. 184 Helped the commandos to make a thorough shambles of the main dockyard.
This derives from another sense of shambles, meaning a slaughterhouse or a similarly bloody scene.
The place is devastated. It has been ravaged.
If, instead of a tornado hitting it, it is falling apart due to age and neglect it could be dilapidated.
The place is now reduced to rubble.
The place is now in tatters.
The place has been left in tatters.
The place is now in a state of complete disarray.
I use the word shambles - a state of total disorder.
other near words are falling to pieces, wrecked, ramshackles...