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ICEYE to provide flood insights for Neptune Flood

10th May 2022

SAR data provider and expert in environmental flood hazard data, ICEYE, has entered into a strategic collaboration with AI-driven flood insurtech, Neptune Flood, As part of the collaboration, ICEYE will provide Neptune Flood with high-resolution flood hazard data in the immediate aftermath of a flood event to enable monitoring of Neptune’s ... Read the full article

PERILS estimates AUD 3.4bn in insured losses for Australia floods

19th April 2022

Catastrophe loss aggregator PERILS has disclosed its initial industry loss estimate of AUD 3.991 billion for the Eastern Australia floods, which occurred during the period of 23 February to 8 March 2022. The flooding was induced by an extended period of heavy rainfall resulting in major river and surface water flooding. PERILS’ ... Read the full article

Reinsurers likely to bear the brunt of Australia flood claims: AM Best

4th April 2022

According to rating agency AM Best, the majority of gross losses from the recent flooding in Australia likely will be felt by the reinsurance industry, as figures from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) put insured losses so far in excess of AUD 2.5 billion, which is likely to rise. The ... Read the full article

Floods drive high losses in 2021 as global insured nat cat bill hits $111bn: Swiss Re

30th March 2022

Data from Swiss Re Institute's latest sigma report shows that floods accounted for 31% of global economic losses from natural catastrophes in 2021, yet just 25% of flood risk is covered by insurance. Global economic losses from floods reached $82 billion in 2021, yet insurance and reinsurance industry losses totalled just ... Read the full article

Reinsurance shielding Australian insurers from flood ratings impact: Fitch

30th March 2022

Recent flooding and severe storms in south-east Queensland and New South Wales will affect insurers’ earnings rather than their capital, due to the strong reinsurance program that firms have in place, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings. The rating agency says insurers’ robust earnings and capital headroom should ensure their ratings ... Read the full article

ICA monitoring severe weather warnings

29th March 2022

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has said that it is closely monitoring the severe weather and flood warnings currently in place across south-east Queensland and New South Wales, and that at least 14 recovery centres, including Lismore and Mullumbimby, have closed in the past 24-hours to ensure the safety ... Read the full article

PERILS issues final AU$688mn insured loss estimate for 2021 Australia floods

25th March 2022

Catastrophe insurance data provider PERILS has released its fourth and final industry loss estimate of AUD 688 million, for the New South Wales and Queensland floods which occurred during the period of March 18–24 2021. This final figure sees PERILS’ estimate decrease from AUD 751 million, issued on 24 September, ... Read the full article

ICA reports slowdown in number of claims made due to Australian flooding

21st March 2022

Australian insurers have received 153,769 claims related to the flooding in the country’s Queensland and New South Wales areas, a number that the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has said has increased by 2% since Friday. The ICA also said that the current estimated cost of claims is now $2.307bn. The ... Read the full article

Youi to make aggregate reinsurance recovery as Australia flood loss hits $2.2bn

17th March 2022

Insurance and reinsurance industry losses from the flooding in the Southeast Queensland and New South Wales regions of Australia have now reached $2.2 billion, as Sunshine Coast-based insurer Youi tells the Australian Financial Review that it will make a recovery under its aggregate reinsurance protection. Insurers across both states have now ... Read the full article

Large losses accumulate in Q1, with Japan quake the latest

17th March 2022

After another year of $100 billion+ catastrophe losses in 2021, reinsurers and London Market insurers are facing an accumulation of losses in the first quarter of this year, raising the likelihood that large losses exceed budget for the period, according to Bank of America. Analysts warn of heightened loss accumulation as ... Read the full article

ICA says flood costs at $2.11b, Cyclone Seroja at $346.7m

15th March 2022

The latest reports from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) suggest that insured costs from flooding in Australia’s Queensland and New South Wales areas have risen further, with industry losses now estimated at $2.11 billion. At the same time, the ICA has released an industry loss estimate of $346.7 million for ... Read the full article

ICEYE to provide Fermat with near real-time flood hazard data

15th March 2022

ICEYE, a provider of satellite data and services to inform decision-making and analysis, has partnered with insurance-linked securities (ILS) investment fund manager, Fermat Capital Management, to explore how world monitoring data can bolster sector returns, enhance relations and improve climate resilience. ICEYE is the owner of the world's largest SAR satellite ... Read the full article

Insured losses from Australia floods now above $2bn, says ICA

14th March 2022

Insurers in Australia have now received more than 135,000 claims related to the severe flooding in Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, taking the insurance and reinsurance industry loss estimate above the $2 billion mark. The latest figures from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) show an increase in total ... Read the full article

Australia flood costs creep higher, $2bn+ bill expected

11th March 2022

The latest reports from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) suggest that insured costs from flooding in Australia’s Queensland and New South Wales areas have continued to creep higher, with industry losses now estimated at $1.89 billion. According to ICA data, the number of insurance claims linked to the floods rose ... Read the full article

Australia flood costs rise again, to $1.77bn

10th March 2022

The costs from flooding in Australia’s Queensland and New South Wales areas have risen to an estimated $1.77bn, according to the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA). The ICA, which has been releasing regular updates on figures, said that the costs originally estimated at $900m were still rising, with the larger ... Read the full article