Global insured losses from disasters fall in H1 2017
Global insured and economic losses declined year on year in the first half of 2017, according to preliminary sigma estimates.
Insured losses from disasters were $23 billion in the first six months of 2017, down from $36 billion in the same period a year ago.
Total economic losses from disasters declined sharply to $44 billion in from $117 billion over the period as a result of fewer and less intense events.
A series of severe thunderstorms in the US caused some of the largest losses in the first half of 2017. Four separate severe weather events from February to May each caused insured losses of more than $1 billion in the US over the period. The most intense and costly event was a four-day long storm in May with heavy damage to property inflicted by hail in Colorado and strong winds in other parts of southern and central states. The economic losses of this storm alone were $2.2 billion, with insured losses of $1.9 billion.
Out of the $44 billion total global economic losses, natural catastrophes alone accounted for $41 billion in the first half of 2017, compared with $110 billion in the first half of 2016, while the remaining $3 billion came from man-made disasters. Global insured losses from natural catastrophes fell to $20 billion from $30 billion the year before, while insured losses from man-made disasters were $3 billion, down from $6 billion.