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The insurance company Munich Re has put out a report on last year.
2012, overall, losses were “significantly lower” than the total for 2011, which posted record figures “due to the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and severe floods in Thailand. In 2011, overall losses came to $400 billion and insured losses to $119 billion – also a record amount. A long-term comparison shows that 2012 losses were above the ten-year average of $50 billion for insured losses and slightly below the average of $165 billion for overall losses.”

Munich Re’s report also acknowledged that while “some 9,500 people lost their lives in natural catastrophes last year,” the death toll was considerably lower than the “ten-year average of 106,000.

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