Hannover Re expects major loss from Beirut explosion

It is “pretty certain” the August 4 explosion in Lebanon’s capital Beirut will be “a major loss” for Hannover Rück SE, S&P Global reports, quoting the reinsurer’s property and casualty head Sven Althoff.

Catastrophe losses close to record high

The economic loss from natural catastrophes in the first half of 2020 reached $US68bn ($A95bn), a newly released Munich Re report shows – slightly lower than the 30-year average of $ US74bn after adjustment for inflation.