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Historic Rainfall, Floods in Japan Kill More Than 100; Some Factories Halt Operations

The death toll from the historic rainfall in western Japan reached 110 on Monday as rescuers stepped up efforts to clear areas hit by flooding and landslides. Some plants halted by the floods started to resume operations as the affected …

Tropical Cyclones Moving Slower Over Land: Study

A new study finds that tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did last year. This isn’t about how powerful a storm’s winds are, …

Hawaiian Island Continues to Recover Following Flood

Recovery efforts continue to help some Hawaii residents get back on their feet following a devastating flood. About 30 community leaders from Kauai’s North Shore met over the weekend to discuss relief efforts and allocate donations and services to areas …

U.S. March Storms Cost Economy $3B; Argentina, Uruguay Drought $4B: Aon Report

A series of winter storms and severe weather in the United States during March brought economic damages of US$3 billion, with public and private insurers covering roughly two-thirds of the cost, according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon …

Final Loss Estimate for Australia’s Cyclone Debbie Is A$1.7B (US$1.3B): PERILS

The final property insurance loss estimate for Australia’s Tropical Cyclone Debbie is A$1.7 billion (US$1.3 billion), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data. Cyclone Debbie hit the Australian states of Queensland and New South …

Climate Change Worsens Effects of Natural Disasters, Costing Farmers Billions of Dollars

Natural disasters from droughts to floods are costing farmers in poorer countries billions of dollars a year in lost crops and livestock, and it’s getting worse thanks to climate change. Agricultural losses from weather events in developing nations totaled $96 …

Vietnam Suffers Rare $1 Billion Natural Catastrophe Loss: Aon Benfield Report

Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam during November as a Category 2 strength storm, bringing estimated economic damages of VND22.1 trillion (US$1.0 billion) – a rare billion-dollar event for the country, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development …

Island Nations, Such as Bahamas & Jamaica, at High Climate Change Risk: Moody’s

The Bahamas, Fiji, Jamaica and the Maldives have been identified as among the most vulnerable small island sovereigns in a report on the credit implications of climate change. The Solomon Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are equally at …

PERILS Raises Insured Loss Estimate for Cyclone Debbie to A$1.7B (US$1.34B)

The property insurance market’s loss for tropical cyclone Debbie has risen to A$1.7 billion (US$1.34 billion), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data. This is the and third loss estimate PERILS has issued for …

Devastating S. Asia Floods Kill 1,400, Expose Lack of State Planning for Monsoons

The most devastating floods to hit South Asia in a decade have killed more than 1,400 people and focused attention on the poor planning and lack of preparedness for annual monsoon rains, as authorities struggle to get aid to millions …