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2002 Catastrophes: Flooding, Wind And Winter Storms Prevail

2002 recorded about 700 catastrophes, compared with the 1990s' average of 650, according to Munich Re. The insured losses for the natural catastrophes totaled around $12 billion. In contrast, man-made catastrophes, mostly due to fires, aviation and space disasters, cost insurers $2 billion, Swiss Re reported.

Insured Losses of the 10 Largest Natural Catastrophes in 2002

Date Country/Region

Aug. 4-20 Europe
Oct. 26-28 Western, Central Europe
April 27-May 5 USA, 17 states
Sept. 23-Oct. 3 Caribbean, USA
Nov. 10-11 USA, esp. Tennessee, Ohio and Alabama
Sept. 8-9 France
Jan. 30-Feb. 1 USA, East, Midwest
Feb. 26-27 Germany, Britain
Sept. 18-25 Central America, Caribbean, USA
March 3-11 USA, esp. Iowa, Illinois, Michigan

 Insured Losses
Date Event $Millions

Aug. 4-20 Floods $3,000
Oct. 26-28 Winter Storm Jeanett 1,500
April 26-May 5 Tornadoes, Severe Storms 1,500
Sept. 23-Oct. 3 Hurricane Lili 750
Nov. 10-11 Tornadoes 460
Sept. 8-9 Floods 450
Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Winter Storm 300
Feb. 26-27 Winter Storm Anna 300
Sept. 18-25 Hurricant Isidore 250
March 3-11 Severe Storm 210

Source: Munich Re
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Title Annotation:statistics on insured losses due to world's 10 largest natural catastrophes, 2002
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Date:Feb 1, 2003
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