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UK Plans to Spend $6.6 Billion on Building Flood Defenses Through 2027

Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed 5.2 billion pounds ($6.6 billion) of spending on flood defenses through 2027 as his government seeks to protect hundreds of thousands of British homes. Under the plan, billed as “the most comprehensive in a decade,” …

Initial Insured Losses for UK’s February Floods Estimated at £297M (US$367.8M): PERILS

Initial insured losses for the floods that hit the UK in February are estimated at £297 million (US$367.8 milion), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data. These floods mainly affected northern England, Wales, and …

UK Insurance Claims from Storms Ciara and Dennis Estimated at US$473.7M

Insurers expect to make payments to customers hit by the recent Storms Ciara and Dennis of over £363 million (US$ 473.7 million), according to initial estimates from the Association of British Insurers (ABI). Initial ABI estimates show payouts from Storms …

UK Insurers Could See Underwriting Losses After Storms Ciara, Dennis: Fitch

Losses from storms Ciara and Dennis, which brought strong winds, torrential rain and widespread flooding to the UK, will increase pressure on UK household insurers’ profits in 2020, said Fitch Ratings. While the claims are unlikely to exceed £500 million …

Update: UK Issues Severe Flood Warnings as Rivers Peak After Storm Dennis

Residents in central England and Wales piled up sandbags, readied water pumps and hoped for the best Tuesday as rivers peaked after a weekend storm brought up to 6 inches (150 mm) of rain to an already waterlogged region. Environment …

U.K. P&C Insurers Face Strong Competition, Claims Inflation: AM Best Report

Market conditions for U.K. non-life insurers were difficult in 2019 as they continued to face strong competition and claims inflation, according to a report published by AM Best. Companies have had to contend with changes in the discount rate — …

Coastal Damages from Climate Change Could Cost U.K. Economy Billions by 2050: WWF

The U.K. economy could face hits of more than 12 billion pounds ($15.4 billion) a year by 2050 from coastal damages alone if no action is taken to combat climate change, according to the WWF. The calculations — made on …

Flooding in Northern England Becomes U.K. Election Issue

Boris Johnson deployed extra troops to help flood-hit parts of Northern England as he tried to ensure that a natural disaster didn’t damage his election chances. The prime minister convened a meeting of the government’s “Cobra” emergency committee on Tuesday …

EU to Pay €60M to Britain for Repair of 2015-16 Flood Damage – Despite Brexit

Britain will get 60 million euros (51.3 million pounds) from the European Union to repair damage caused by the floods last year, a lawmaker said on Tuesday. Britain had asked for EU support to rebuild infrastructure damaged by heavy rains …

PERILS Discloses Final Loss Estimate for UK Storm Desmond of £604M

PERILS AG has today disclosed its fourth and final loss estimate for the floods in the UK which occurred Dec. 4-24, 2015 and were linked to storm Desmond and other low pressure systems. The revised estimate of the insured property …