sigma 02/2009 Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2008: North America and Asia suffer heavy losses
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2008 was one of the worst years for catastrophe losses. More than 240 500 people lost their lives. Insurers across the sector paid out USD 52.5bn to compensate for property claims, and the total impact on the economy caused by natural and man-made catastrophes around the world added up to USD 269bn.