CHICAGO, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, today launches the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during March 2016. Aon Benfield is the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc (NYSE:AON).
The report reveals that seven severe U.S. convective storm events impacted nearly every part of the country during the month, as more than 1,000 individual reports of tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds and hail were recorded by the Storm Prediction Center. The Insurance Council of Texas estimated insured losses for the state alone at above USD1.1 billion, following more than 125,000 home and auto claim filings over several weeks.
Overall economic losses sustained to property, infrastructure and agriculture across the U.S. from the convective storm and flood damage were anticipated to approach USD3.5 billion, while insured losses incurred by public and private insurance entities were tentatively estimated at USD2.0 billion.
Meanwhile, the most damaging severe thunderstorm and flood event in at least a decade impacted the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman in March. UAE local insurers anticipated claims to reach AED500 million (USD140 million), with total economic losses forecast to be well into the hundreds of millions (USD).
Adam Podlaha, Head of Impact Forecasting, said: "The March heavy rain and flood event in the Middle East is a reminder of the risks that these types of perils can bring to areas with an arid climate. Impact Forecasting has been successful in recent years in developing modeled solutions for non-traditional perils, including perils like flood in the Persian Gulf region. With increasing exposures in emerging parts of the world, it becomes even more important to expand catastrophe model capabilities into these new territories. Impact Forecasting remains at the forefront of this forward thinking."
Natural hazard events to have occurred elsewhere during the month include:
To view the full Impact Forecasting March 2016 Global Catastrophe Recap report, please follow the link:
Along with the report, users can access current and historical natural catastrophe data and event analysis on Impact Forecasting's Catastrophe Insight website, which is updated bi-monthly as new data become available:
SOURCE Aon plc