Several natural disaster events occurred across the United States during the month of June, the most costly being a severe weather event that spawned up to baseball-sized hail in parts of Texas and New Mexico; according to the Insurance Council of Texas, insured losses in the state will exceed $1 billion, with more than 100,000 claims filed by the end of June; a separate hail event in Colorado and Wyoming caused more than $700 million in insured losses.
Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc, yesterday released the latest edition of its Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews the natural disaster perils that occurred worldwide during June.
Published by Impact Forecasting, the firm’s catastrophe model development center of excellence, the report reveals that several natural disaster events occurred across the United States during the month, the most costly being a severe weather event that spawned up to baseball-sized hail in parts of Texas and New Mexico. According to the Insurance Council of Texas, insured losses in the state will exceed $1 billion, with more than 100,000 claims filed by the end of June.
Meanwhile, a separate hail event in Colorado and Wyoming caused more than $700 million in insured losses, according to local sources.
At least twenty-eight people were killed following a prolonged stretch of severe weather in central and eastern U.S. states, which included a violent derecho — a fast-moving, long-lived cluster of intense thunderstorms — that claimed at least fifteen lives, caused extensive blackouts, and resulted in more than 50,000 insurance claims.
In Colorado, two major wildfires ignited and burned during the month. The Waldo Canyon Fire in the Colorado Springs region became the most damaging blaze in state history, killing at least two people, destroying 347 homes (with a combined housing market value of $110.2 million), and damaging at least fifty others. Meanwhile, the High Park Fire outside of Fort Collins destroyed 259 homes and killed one person.
Steve Jakubowski, president of Impact Forecasting, said: “The Colorado wildfires proved to be the two most damaging fires in state history, and also two of the costliest. Impact Forecasting is the only firm to have developed a brushfire catastrophe model for the western states in the United States, which allows us to provide detailed feedback to our clients following events such as these, giving them confidence that their exposures are being fully identified and quantified.”
Also in the United States, Tropical Storm Debby brought days of torrential rain and flooding to Florida, killing at least seven people. The weather system caused significant infrastructure damage and flooded more than 7,500 homes and businesses across the state. Very preliminary economic damages were listed at $100 million.
Elsewhere, China sustained several natural disaster impacts during June. Flooding in nearly twenty provinces claimed more than seventy lives, damaged, or destroyed 175,000 homes and caused an economic loss in excess of $3 billion. Severe weather and multiple earthquakes caused additional fatalities and damage, and an economic loss of more than $500 million.
Also in Asia, a weakened Super Typhoon Guchol made landfall in Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture, damaging around 500 homes. Extreme monsoonal rainfall in India and Bangladesh killed at least 232 and damaged or destroyed as many as 600,000 dwellings. Flooding was also recorded in Thailand, Taiwan, Afghanistan and the Philippines.
The U.K. recorded separate instances of heavy rainfall, with portions of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales reporting flood damage to homes and other structures. Also in Europe, a rare tornado struck Italy’s Venice region and caused $12.6 million in damage.
Australia sustained severe weather in parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia during the month. A rare earthquake (magnitude-5.2) impacted Victoria, although the resultant damage was reported to be minimal.
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