Insured losses totalled $21bn over the first six months of 2014
Insured losses from catastrophe risks have fallen by 16% over the first half of 2014 to $21bn (£12.7bn), according to initial estimates from Swiss Re’s Sigma database.
The amount is also lower than the ten year average of $27bn for losses over the first six months of a year.
For the first half of 2014, natural catastrophes were responsible for $19bn of insured losses and man-made disasters accounted for $2bn.
These natural catastrophe costs were largely driven by severe storms in the US in mid-May, which resulted in hail damage, thunderstorms and tornadoes (see below).
Top five most costly insured catastrophe losses in H1 2014
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