Floods News

PERILS Raises Insured Property Loss Estimate for UK Storms Eva & Frank to £578M

Property insurance market losses from flooding brought by UK storms Eva and Frank have risen to £578 million ($818.9 million), compared to an initial loss estimate of £526 million ($745.2 million), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides …

Britain Raises Insurance Premium Tax to 10% to Fund Flood Defenses

Britain’s finance minister George Osborne said on Wednesday he would raise the tax on motor and home insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points to 10 percent to fund flood defenses, boosting insurance shares as the rise was smaller than anticipated. The tax hike follows a 3.5 …

El Niño Wreaks Havoc in February with Fiji Cyclone, Floods & Drought: Aon Report

The Southern Hemisphere registered its strongest tropical cyclone on record during February with Tropical Cyclone Winston, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. With maximum sustained winds of 295 kph (185 mph), Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall …

PERILS Reduces Loss Estimate to £662M for Floods from UK’s Storm Desmond

PERILS AG disclosed its second, revised loss estimate for the floods which hit the UK from Dec. 4 to 24 following Storm Desmond. The latest estimate of the property insurance market loss is £662 million (933.2 million), compared to the …

Swiss Re’s 2015 Net Income Rises 31% to $4.6B; Q4 Profit Up to $938M

Swiss Re AG reported fourth-quarter profit that beat estimates after a quiet year for natural catastrophes and announced that Christian Mumenthaler, head of the company’s main reinsurance unit, will take over as chief executive officer on July 1. Net income …

Fiji’s Strongest-Ever Cyclone Flattens Entire Villages; Death Toll Rises

The death toll from the strongest tropical cyclone ever to hit Fiji climbed to at least 20 as aerial surveillance of affected areas showed entire villages were obliterated as the Category-5 storm roared across the South Pacific nation at the weekend. A …

Allianz Q4 2015 Profit Rises to $1.6B on Cat Claims; Lower Than Analyst Estimates

Allianz SE missed analyst estimates for fourth-quarter profit because of claims from natural catastrophes. Net income at Europe’s biggest insurer increased to 1.42 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in the quarter from 1.22 billion euros [$1.3 billion] a year earlier, the …

Sompo Canopius Partners with UK’s SSBN for US Flood Models, Hazard Maps

Sompo Canopius AG has entered into a license agreement with SSBN, which will provide it with flood models and hazard maps for the United States. SSBN works within the insurance sector, providing global flood risk analytics, which are based on …

January Weather Cost Global Economy $4 Billion-Plus: Impact Forecasting

January winter weather cost more than $4.0 billion of economic impact in the United States and Asia, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, which evaluates the impact of natural disasters on a monthly basis. During the …

Insured Property Loss from UK Storms Eva & Frank Estimated at $767.7M: PERILS

The initial estimate of the insured property market loss for UK flood damage during the period from Dec. 25, 2015 to Jan. 14, is £526 million ($767.7 million), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization providing industry-wide catastrophe insurance data. …