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Aon Reports 2014 Disaster Losses About 50% Than 10 Year Average

Insured losses from global natural disasters during the six-month period ending June 30, 2014 reached $22 billion. That compares to $27 billion in the first half of 2013 and is approximately 19 percent below the 10-year average of $27 billion, …

Minnesota Communities Dealing with Rising Flood Damage Costs

Minnesota communities are trying to bounce back from last month’s flooding as damage estimates continue to rise. The state’s deputy director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Joe Kelly, said last month’s excessive rainfall led to a unique disaster. “It’s …

Philippine Typhoon Drives Thousands to Evacuate

Haunted by last year’s devastating storm, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos fled from disaster-prone areas Tuesday in advance of another typhoon due to hit the northeast at nightfall before barreling across densely populated regions toward the capital. There were no …

Minnesota Governor Makes Formal Federal Disaster Aid Request

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton cited more than $55 million in public response costs and infrastructure damage in a formal application Wednesday for federal disaster aid stemming from June’s widespread flooding, mudslides and high winds. Dayton made the request in a …

Hail Causes Significant Damage According to June Aon Global Cat Report

The Global Catastrophe Recap report for June from Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting highlights the outbreak of severe thunderstorms that affected Western and Central Europe during the first half of the month, causing significant hail damage in parts of Germany, France …

Experts Examine Colorado Slide Area Looking for Trigger Clues

Scientists are trying to figure out how to monitor a 3-mile-long landslide in western Colorado so that they can warn residents of more slides or flooding in area creeks. Federal, state and local authorities and scientists held a packed town …

Rhode Island Family Alleges Flooding Linked to Sakonnet Bridge

A family that lives on the north side of the new Sakonnet River Bridge in Tiverton, R.I., has filed suit against the state and bridge contractor, alleging drainage problems with the new span have led to erosion and flooding. Franklin …

Montana Governor Wants Disaster Declaration Due to Flooding

Gov. Steve Bullock is asking President Barack Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for Montana due to widespread flooding and ice jams last month. Bullock’s letter, dated Friday, explains that unusually high amounts of precipitation fell over the winter …

UN Report Warns of Global Warming Risks

If the world doesn’t cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral “out of control,” the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday. And he’s not alone. The Obama White House says …

Insurers Could Face Up to $2.5B Price Tag for UK Floods

The bill sent to insurers from storms bringing hurricane strength winds and widespread flooding to parts of Britain since December could reach 1.5 billion pounds ($2.50 billion), according to consultants at Deloitte. The consultancy had estimated insured losses from winter …