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China’s non-life insurers able to manage Henan flood losses: AM Best

30th July 2021

Despite the recent floods in Henan potentially becoming one of China’s largest insured loss events ever, its non-life insurers will be able to manage and absorb the losses, according to a new report by rating agency AM Best. In the report, the rating agency noted that the heavy insured toll can ... Read the full article

ReThought Insurance completes $15.5mn Series A funding round

29th July 2021

ReThought Insurance has completed a $15.5 million Series A investment round to help fund its growth within the flood insurance market. The insurer writes flood coverage for complex mid-tier commercial risks and high net worth properties, but is also developing offerings for other perils. The funding will go towards providing funding for ... Read the full article

Germany to see roughly €5bn insured hit from July flooding, AIR says

28th July 2021

Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide has stated that insured losses in Germany from July’s flooding could approach €5 billion. For five days a low pressure system known as “Bernd” sat over central Europe and brought about significant flooding. Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia regions were particularly affected, experiencing heavy and, in ... Read the full article

AM Best keeps ZYIC’s ratings amid concerns over Henan flood claims

28th July 2021

Rating agency AM Best has kept agricultural insurer, Zhongyuan Agricultural Insurance’s (ZYIC) Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+”, following the heavy rains that have flooded the province of Henan, China since July 19th. This extreme weather disaster, which has affected the central and ... Read the full article

Insured losses from Germany floods rise to an estimated €4.5-5.5bn, says GDV

27th July 2021

The German Insurance Association (GDV) has updated its insurance and reinsurance industry loss estimate for the recent flooding that devastated parts of the country to between €4.5 billion and €5.5 billion, of which around two-thirds are for damages in Rhineland-Palatinate. Over July 13th to 18th, major flooding impacted parts of Central ... Read the full article

German floods show climate challenge for homeowners insurers: Moody’s

22nd July 2021

Analysts at Moody’s have labelled the recent catastrophic flooding in Germany as a “consequence of climate change,” and warned that German insurers could find it challenging to protect homeowners against climate risk in future without significant price increases. The floods, which impacted the southern part of the German federal states of ... Read the full article

Tens of thousands of buildings impacted by European floods, says ICEYE

21st July 2021

Analysis from ICEYE, who builds and operates its own commercial constellation of SAR satellites, shows that a minimum of 43,400 buildings across Europe are estimated to have been impacted by recent flooding in the region. ICEYE operates a constellation of synthetic aperture radar satellites and through its Flood Monitoring Solution, offers ... Read the full article

Insured loss from North Rhine-Westphalia & Rhineland-Palatinate floods at €4-5bn: GDV

21st July 2021

The devastating flooding experienced in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate is expected to drive insurance and reinsurance industry losses of between €4 billion and €5 billion, according to the German Insurance Association (GDV). Last week’s flooding impacted parts of Central and Western Europe, including Belgium, the Netherlands, and ... Read the full article

Berenberg says European floods to cost reinsurers up to €3bn

20th July 2021

Analysts at Berenberg have warned that recent flooding in parts of Europe will drive reinsurance industry losses of between €2 billion and €3 billion, while the economic hit from the event is projected to be much higher. Last week’s flooding impacted many parts of Central and Western Europe, including Belgium, the ... Read the full article

Europe floods largely uninsured, despite multi-billion industry loss: Aon

19th July 2021

Analysts at Aon have warned that “a large portion of the damage” from the recent catastrophic flooding in Europe will be uninsured, even as re/insurers brace for a multi-billion-dollar loss overall. Last week’s flooding impacted many parts of Central and Western Europe, including Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, although Germany remains ... Read the full article

Germany floods “very likely” linked to climate change: Munich Re’s Rauch

16th July 2021

Ernst Rauch, Chief Climate and Geo Scientist at Munich Re, has said that events such as the recent catastrophic flooding in Germany are “very likely related to climate change,” and are set to grow in both frequency and intensity. This week’s flooding has impacted many parts of Central and Western Europe, ... Read the full article

Insured losses from flooding across Europe to reach into the billions

16th July 2021

The insurance and reinsurance industry is expecting losses in the billions of Euros as a result of catastrophic flooding across parts of Europe, with the event poised to become one of the costliest flood episodes on record. In Germany, hundreds of people are missing and more than 100 lives have been ... Read the full article

Swiss Re & Milliman partner to deliver simplified flood offering

14th July 2021

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has partnered with Milliman, Inc. to deliver a new simplified flood solution via the latter's open advisory and rating organization, Milliman Appleseed. Developed by Swiss Re, the new flood offering has been designed to provide flexible coverage for low and moderate flood risks. According to the pair, ... Read the full article

ICA says Victoria flood costs at $144mn as claims hit 15,700

18th June 2021

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) says that insurers have so far received more than 15,700 claims from the recent severe weather affecting regions across metropolitan and regional Victoria, with more claims expected to be lodged over the coming days and weeks. The estimated cost is thought to be around $144 ... Read the full article

Neptune Flood hits $20bn milestone for insured property value

17th June 2021

Neptune Flood, an insurtech firm focused on the flood market, has surpassed $20 billion in total insured property value, the company has confirmed. Trevor Burgess, CEO of Neptune Flood noted that the insurtech managed to reach this milestone in under four years since launching. With over 70,000 clients and 6,000 active insurance ... Read the full article

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