Hurricanes Cause Record Losses in 2017
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At US$ 330bn, overall losses in 2017 were far greater even than those in the extreme years of 2005 and 2008. Only the record year of 2011 with losses of US$ 350bn, due mainly to the Tohoku earthquake and floods in Thailand, has seen higher loss figures.
Insured losses in 2017 came to US$ 135bn, the highest figure in the period from 1980 to 2017. The Munich Re NatCatSERVICE recorded 710 relevant loss events, which is above the average for the last ten years. The average for the last decade is 605 registered events per year, compared with just 490 events over the last 30 years. The event statistics include all relevant loss events, based on different threshold values for property losses according to a country’s level of development. The statistics also include all loss events with fatalities.
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