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USD 140 bn lost in natural, man-made disasters in 2013: Report

Posted on Mar 27 2014 | IANS

Geneva, March 27 : Global natural catastrophes and man-made disasters had brought as much as USD 140 billion economic losses in 2013, according to the latest report released by Swiss Re Group Wednesday.

The Zurich-based insurance company noted that last year's total loss was down from the USD 196 billion in 2012 and well below the 10-year average of USD 190 billion, Xinhua reported.

The report said global insured losses reached around USD 45 billion last year due to large contributions from flooding and hail disasters, down from USD 81 billion in 2012.

Of the insured losses, USD 37 billion were generated by natural catastrophes, with hail in Europe and floods in many regions being the main drivers, it noted.

The report highlighted that the massive flooding in central and eastern Europe last year had been listed as the most expensive disaster for insurers, which cost a total of USD 4.1 billion.

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