Aon: Matthew Caused $15B Impact on U.S., Caribbean Economies

November 10, 2016

Total U.S. economic losses from Hurricane Matthew were forecast to range as high as $10 billion, while public and private insurance losses were estimated to possibly reach $5 billion, according to Impact Forecasting.matthew_tmo_2016278_lrg

Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team released the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during October 2016. Aon Benfield is the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc.

The report reveals that Hurricane Matthew swept through parts of the Caribbean and United States, killing 49 people in the U.S. – including 28 in North Carolina – and 552 people in the Caribbean, although the unofficial total in Haiti alone was as high as 1,600.

Much of the inland flood loss in North Carolina went uninsured due to low take-up of the U.S. government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Meanwhile, Matthew caused economic damage of more than $5 billion outside of the U.S., with Cuba ($2.6 billion), Haiti ($1.9 billion), and the Bahamas ($600 million) accounting for most of the loss total.

Remnant moisture from Matthew brought flooding rain and high winds to parts of Atlantic Canada, where economic damages were expected to reach tens of millions.

“The extensive footprint of Hurricane Matthew left considerable damage and humanitarian impacts from the Caribbean to Canada. The system also became the costliest hurricane in the United States since Sandy in 2012. Despite causing billions of dollars in damage, it could have been even more catastrophic. Had several slight wobbles not occurred, we are likely having an entirely different conversation when it comes to the financial impact in the state of Florida,” said Steve Bowen, Impact Forecasting director and meteorologist.

Other natural hazards to have occurred elsewhere during October include:

  • A series of strong earthquakes struck central Italy bringing damage and injuries to a region still in the midst of recovering from a major tremor in August. One fatality and dozens of injuries were reported, with catastrophic damage occurring in several villages. The economic toll was expected to be significant.
  • Super Typhoon Chaba caused widespread disruption and damage in South Korea claiming at least nine lives. The General Insurance Association of Korea announced that more than 33,100 claims had been filed totaling KRW143 billion ($126 million). Overall economic losses were much higher.
  • Tropical Storm Aere prompted widespread and significant flooding in central Vietnam. At least 31 people died and 122,000 homes were inundated. Significant damage to agricultural interests was reported.
  • Typhoon Sarika and Super Typhoon Haima both made landfalls in the Philippines and China, killing at least 16 people and damaging or destroying at least 115,000 homes. Aggregated economic losses exceeded $1.8 billion mainly due to agricultural damage.
  • Severe flooding in portions of Asia, Central America, and Egypt claimed at least 57 lives and damaged almost 210,000 homes.

To view the full Impact Forecasting October 2016 Global Catastrophe Recap report, please follow the link:

Source: Aon Benfield

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