Global insured natural catastrophe losses in the first six months of 2023 has reached US$52bn according to Gallagher Re’s H1 2023 natural catastrophe report; the global estimated total loss is preliminarily estimated at US$138bn.
The cost covered by private insurance or public insurance entities reached US$52bn, suggesting a protection gap of 63% (US$86bn). Overall, the total preliminary H1 insured loss was 18% higher than the decade average (US$44bn). However, total direct economic losses from natural hazards for the first half of the year were preliminarily estimated at US$138bn, and the estimated loss from US thunderstorms and global impacts from El Nino’s arrival for the first half of the year were preliminarily estimated at US$138bn
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the World Meteorological Organisation the first six months of 2023 featured above-average natural catastrophe losses, the official arrival of El Niño, is poised to have further influence on global weather and climate events through the end of the year.
Steve Bowen, Chief Science Officer at Gallagher Re, said: “The physical risks associated with natural hazards, and the financial and human costs associated with these events, continue to grow. We witnessed a series of significant events during the first half of 2023 that puts further spotlight on the need to close the protection gap by better preparing for the increasingly consequential events that the world continues to endure. The arrival of El Niño brings the potential for even more global disruption and impacts from weather and climate events through at least the rest of the year.
“While El Niño historically causes the globe to become warmer and leads to more volatile weather patterns, the ongoing influence from climate change will only amplify associated impacts to life and property. To put it simply, extreme weather / climate events are anticipated to become more severe.
“Governments and private organizations are accelerating their investments to help ensure the world is proactively prepared to handle our quickly evolving physical and non-physical hazard-related challenges. Climate change is often discussed in future tense, but we are already seeing more evidence of its effects today.”