Severe winter weather brings $1.8bn economic loss to Europe in March,
according to Impact Forecasting global catastrophe report
CHICAGO, April 4, 2013
CHICAGO, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe
model development center of excellence at Aon Benfield, today releases the
latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews
the natural disaster perils that occurred worldwide during March 2013. Aon
Benfield is the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc
The report reveals that late-season winter weather affected much of Europe
throughout the month, bringing an extended period of heavy snowfall,
sub-freezing temperatures, high winds, ice and flooding. Among the hardest-hit
areas were France, Germany and Ukraine, where snow accumulations topped 50
centimeters (19.7 inches).
At least 30 fatalities were reported across the continent and early total
economic loss estimates stood at EUR1.4 billion (USD1.8 billion), including
EUR706 million (USD914 million) for France alone. More than 100,000 insurance
claims were filed in France, with auto claims surpassing EUR101 million
Heavy snowfall engulfed northern sections of Japan between the end of February
and early March. At least nine storm-related fatalities were recorded as snow
depths up to 5.5 meters (16 feet) were seen in Hokkaido and northern Honshu,
which resulted in local governments spending more than JPY1.36 billion
(USD14.2 million) in clean-up costs.
Multiple winter storms also affected central and eastern sections of the
United States, as an early March weather system killed five people and brought
heavy snow and coastal flooding along the Eastern Seaboard. Another system at
the end of the month brought nearly 20 inches (50 centimeters) of snow from
the Rockies to the East Coast. Total combined economic losses from both
systems were cited as less than USD100 million.
Steve Jakubowski, President of Impact Forecasting, said: "The run of frequent
winter weather we witnessed in January and February lingered across many of
the major economies in the Northern Hemisphere in the month of March. However,
the level of losses sustained has not been overwhelming for the industry
despite the volume of events during the first quarter of 2013. Impact
Forecasting continues to develop its winter storm catastrophe models for
multiple territories, in order to help our clients plan for any potential
losses they may face."
A strong derecho event (defined as a long-lived, intense squall line) left
widespread hail and wind damage throughout the U.S. Southeast. Mississippi was
amongst the hardest-hit states, where at least 18 counties sustained damage.
The state insurance department estimated that as many as 50,000 claims would
be filed. Total economic losses throughout the region exceeded USD250 million,
while insurance losses reached approximately USD150 million.
Preliminary data from the U.S. Storm Prediction Center indicate that only 17
tornadoes touched down during the month, representing the fewest number of
March tornadoes in the U.S. since 1978, when 17 tornado touchdowns were also
Meanwhile, severe weather prevailed in Asia, highlighted by a strong tornado
that killed at least 35 people in Bangladesh's Brahmanbaria district.
In China, an extended stretch of hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes
killed 29 people, damaged or destroyed 331,250 homes, and resulted in an
economic loss estimated at USD443 million.
Several days of hail also left heavy damage in central and northern Vietnam.
Elsewhere, an F3 tornado struck Australia's northeast Victoria and southwest
New South Wales during the month, injuring at least 25 people and causing
economic losses estimated at AUD20 million (USD21 million).
Three people were killed in the Azores as high winds and torrential rains
caused widespread damage on the islands of Terceira and Sao Miguel, with total
economic damages listed at EUR35 million (USD45 million).
Heavy rainfall led to flooding and landslides across parts of South America.
At least 30 people were killed in Brazil's southeastern state of Rio de
Janeiro after 12 rivers overflowed their banks. In Colombia, 11,200 families
were forced from their homes after the Tamana, Habita, Baudo and Ingara rivers
Flooding and landslides were also recorded in Namibia, Mauritius, Indonesia,
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake struck China's Yunnan Province, injuring at least
30 people. The tremor destroyed 2,108 homes and damaged an additional 83,434.
Total economic losses were listed at CNY350 million (USD56 million).
To view the full Impact Forecasting March 2013 Global Catastrophe Recap
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