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    Closing the gap: Pooling risk in Central America and the Caribbean (PDF, 354kb)

    18 May 2018

    Since 1980, nine countries in Central America and the Caribbean have had at least half of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) wiped out by a natural catastrophe. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti had an estimated impact of 120% of GDP.

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    Closing the gap: A sovereign insurance pool for Africa (PDF, 477kb)

    18 May 2018

    With 65% of the workforce employed in agriculture, millions of people living in sub-Saharan Africa depend on farming not only for food, but also for incomes and livelihoods. Without enough rain to feed the land, the effects can be devastating.

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    Closing the gap: Drought threat to Uruguay‘s reliance on hydropower (PDF, 353kb)

    18 May 2018

    Uruguay is fortunate to have four river basins within its borders, two of which feed its hydroelectric plants. Hydropower can supply up to 90% of the country‘s electricity demand in a humid year. A dry year, however, can be costly.

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    Staying afloat Flood Risk in Argentina (short version) (PDF, 419kb)

    06 October 2016

    Over the past 50 years, 75 major flood events have been reported in Argentina, affecting around 13 million people and taking more than 500 lives. With the equivalent of USD 22.5bn lost since 1980, floods are the most costly natural catastrophe affecting the country.
    Adjusting for the country‘s GDP growth, the same events today would have caused accumulated losses of USD 43.5bn.

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    Mantenerse a flote – El riesgo de inundación en Argentina (short vs.) (PDF, 414kb)

    06 October 2016

    En los últimos 50 años, 75 grandes inundaciones fueron reportadas en el país, afectando a 13 millones de personas y causando más de 500 decesos. Con pérdidas equivalentes a USD 22 500 millones desde 1980, las inundaciones son la catástrofe natural
    más costosa que afecta al país. Ajustado al crecimiento del PBI argentino, estos eventos hubieran causado hoy pérdidas
    acumuladas por USD 43 500 millones.

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    Staying afloat Flood Risk in Argentina (long version) (PDF, 2.15mb)

    06 October 2016

    In the late afternoon of 2 April 2013, rain started pouring down like many other days in La Plata. In just a few hours, 200 mm fell over the city. It did not take long before the roads turned into rivers, and these rivers into fatal traps. Looking from the window of her home in La Plata, Noelia eventually found herself staring at the water as it burst
    violently into her house.

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    Mantenerse a flote - El riesgo de inundación en Argentina (PDF, 1.99mb)

    06 October 2016

    Durante la tarde del 2 de abril de 2013, comenzó a llover como muchos otros días en la Plata. En unas pocas horas, cayeron 200 milímetros sobre la ciudad. No pasó mucho tiempo hasta que las calles se transformaron en ríos, y estos en trampas fatales. Mientras miraba por la ventana de su casa en La Plata, Noelia se encontró,
    de repente, viendo como el agua irrumpía violentamente en su hogar.

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    Business continuity parametric cover for corporates (PDF, 224kb)

    31 August 2016

    How can corporations remain operational in the aftermath of an earthquake? Swift payouts from parametric insurance solutions
    can help to pay for immediate relocation efforts or temporary changes to equipment and production lines. The potential to increase availability of such cover across other markets and perils is significant. Let’s start now.

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    The link between hydrofracking, wastewater injection and earthquakes (PDF, 3.22mb)

    31 August 2016

    The scale of increased earthquake activity in Oklahoma over recent years is unparalleled. Since 2008 the number of magnitude 3.0 earthquakes per year has grown from roughly 2 per year to an average of nearly 3 per day. This now makes Oklahoma the most seismically active of the lower forty-eight states. It’s highly likely that this dramatic rise in earthquake occurrence is largely a consequence of human actions.

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    The road to flood resilience in Canada (PDF, 1.31mb)

    18 May 2016

    Flood poses a risk to individuals, business and the public sector. Severe events in Canada can cause losses exceeding CAD 13 billion, with less than half of these covered by insurance. This leaves many families without the necessary funds to rebuild their lives
    if disaster strikes. In addition it delays economic recovery in the affected areas ― an effect that hits even those whose homes are still standing. Concerted action across the risk management chain that involves all key stakeholders ― government, the insurance industry and homeowners ― can strengthen flood resilience in Canada.

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    Risk cities: Bangkok (PDF, 732kb)

    14 July 2015

    The impact of extreme weather is painful and expensive. This is because the world population and asset concentrations are increasing, especially in the cities of the developing world, many of which lie either on the coast or on major waterways close to it. Bangkok is one case in point. The latest edition in Swiss Re's Risky cities series examines the risks.

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    The natural catastrophe protection gap in Italy: time for action (PDF, 2.12mb)

    30 June 2015

    Italy is the fourth largest country in Europe in terms of economic output and population. It transformed from being a rural-based economy into a major industrial power in the 1950s and first half of the 1960s, but now faces major challenges. Productivity has stagnated overs the last 15 years, and the economy has been in outright recession for more than three years.

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