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News related to flood insurance and reinsurance, including: new products and market innovation; flood insurance market loss events; companies underwriting flood insurance or reinsurance; public flood insurance through the NFIP; and the expanding availability of private market flood coverage.

Australia floods again, with Sydney area badly hit

3rd July 2022

Australia has been hit by more significant rainfall and strong winds as an East coast low batters the country, with parts of Sydney particularly badly hit as 350 mm of rainfall has been recorded and numerous rivers reach flood stage. Thousands of households have been told to evacuate due to flood ... Read the full article

Flood resilience and prevention need to achieve better outcomes: Zurich

30th June 2022

Imprecise forecast and modelling, “flood dementia”, and inadequate early warning systems are some of the issues to be addressed to improve flood resilience and prevention, according to Zurich. Last year, the extreme weather event “Bernd” caused great human suffering, and millions in damage; such as primary German insurer Provinzial gross claims ... Read the full article

ICEYE launches geospatial flood analysis platform

30th June 2022

ICEYE, a provider of SAR data and natural catastrophe analysis solutions, has announced the launch of ICEYE Insights, a geospatial platform that allows insurers to combine ICEYE’s flood observation data with their property insurance information. Utilising the EigenPrism catastrophe risk management tool, the ICEYE Insights platform is automatically updated with data ... Read the full article

APRA finalises prudential framework changes to support cyclone reinsurance pool

29th June 2022

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has finalised amendments to the prudential framework for general insurers, to support the operation of the government’s cyclone and related flood damage reinsurance pool. The legislation was passed through in March 2022 and will be administered by ARPC. Changes to GPS 001, GPS 114, GPS 116 ... Read the full article

2022 floods among Australia’s costliest ever disasters: ICA

28th June 2022

New data from the Insurance Council of Australia shows that flooding in South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales in late February and early March has caused $4.8 billion in insured damages, meaning it ranks as the third costliest extreme weather event in Australia’s history. Only Cyclone Tracy (1974) and the ... Read the full article

Previsico & Zurich to boost flood resilience across UK public sector

22nd June 2022

Live flood warning insurtech firm Previsico and Zurich Municipal have announced a new partnership to boost flood risk resilience across the public sector. The partnership will provide Zurich Municipal’s customers with a surface water flood warning system for the first time and free of charge. At the same time, this solution will ... Read the full article

ICA welcomes $741m in funding to protect Australian homes from flooding

21st June 2022

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has welcomed the confirmation of $741m in additional funding to better protect Queensland homes and communities from the impacts of extreme weather that was handed down in the State Budget this week. According to the ICA, the Government’s commitment to additional funding, co-funded by the ... Read the full article

London council calls on Flood Re to expand coverage

17th June 2022

Westminster Council has called on UK government reinsurer Flood Re to be expanded due to its ‘restrictive criteria’ making it unavailable to private renters or properties with four flats or more. As reported by London’s Evening Standard newspaper, the council says that the scheme is currently ‘insufficient’. It says that it ... Read the full article

UPC Insurance to sell NFIP flood book of business to Wright Flood

15th June 2022

United Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPC Insurance) has agreed to sell to its flood insurance policy book to Wright National Flood Insurance Company – a leading provider of federal flood insurance. Under the agreement, Wright Flood will service, administer, and issue flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) ... Read the full article

Allianz and Swiss Re to lead flood risk transfer project in Ghana

14th June 2022

Allianz and Swiss Re, members of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF), will lead a Tripartite risk transfer project for urban floods in Ghana. The IDF, alongside the Ghana Ministry of Finance, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Government, announced its launching during the IDF ... Read the full article

C2S partners with Munich Re & Raincoat on parametric flood product

7th June 2022

Climate adaption technology company, Cloud to Street (C2S), has announced a partnership with Munich Re Group and parametric insurance platform, Raincoat, to roll out an at-scale parametric insurance program. Powered by C2S’ industry-leading flood intelligence, the parties say the collaboration marks the first major success of a flood parametric program created ... Read the full article

Insured loss from 2022 Australia floods rises to $4.3 billion: ICA

1st June 2022

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has reported a 28% rise in the cost of the severe flooding across Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales earlier this year, making it the country's fourth costliest natural disaster event. As of Tuesday May 31st, 2022, insurance and reinsurance industry losses from the ... Read the full article

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