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Cyclones Debbie, Cook in New Zealand combine to produce insured losses of NZ$84 million so far

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The two cyclones that pounded New Zealand in April have spurred insured costs of NZ$84 million to date, setting the stage for what could become one of the most damaging year in recent years and leading to wrong-headed government actions

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Canadian building standards meant to guard against fires like London blaze

June 16, 2017 Michelle McQuigge - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canadian building standards should theoretically prevent the sort of blaze that engulfed a London apartment tower earlier this week, but at least one expert says flouting those regulations can put people in serious danger. Exterior panelling known as

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Number of lightning-related homeowners insurance claims in the U.S. up in 2016, but average cost for insurers down: I.I.I.

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The number of homeowners insurance claims from lightning strikes and electrical surges in the United States rose in 2016, compared with 2015, but the average cost that insurers paid on those claims fell, according to a new analysis by the

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Cladding may have helped spread London high rise fire, experts say

June 15, 2017 Gregory Katz - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON – The official cause may not be known for months. The death toll is unclear – and rising. No one has said exactly where the fire started. But experts suspect recent renovations at the Grenfell Tower, including newly installed

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Flames destroy production facility at Blackwell Dairy in Kamloops, B.C.

June 15, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Fire has heavily damaged a dairy operation in Kamloops, British Columbia, that processes milk from farmers across the North Thompson and Shuswap Okanagan. Fire officials say the main production facility at Blackwell Dairy was destroyed in the

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Six killed, 74 injured in massive London, U.K. high rise blaze

June 14, 2017 Gregory Katz and Danica Kirka - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON – A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others. One desperate woman threw a baby out of a high window and a man on

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Allianz Risk Transfer, Nephila Capital successfully pilot blockchain for Cat swap

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited report successfully piloting the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap, an approach they suggest offers benefits for this and other types of insurance transactions. The

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National Flood Insurance Program contributes to ‘development in flood prone areas,’ NWF executive testifies

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Private insurance companies in the United States are “clamouring” to write flood risk for properties while the nation’s National Flood Insurance Program encourages development in floodprone areas and needs to be “significantly reformed,” speakers recently told a committee of the

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Quebec homeowners face potential post-flooding woes: mosquitoes, critters, parasites

June 12, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come. For now, heavy water accumulation has created standing pools of water

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Remote Manitoba town reports temporary loss of rail line

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Town of Churchill in Manitoba is reporting the “temporary loss of its rail line” into the community from recent flooding. According to a statement from the town released earlier this week, “unprecedented” snowfall in March that resulted in over

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Flood watches issued for several B.C. rivers in wake of powerful storms

June 9, 2017 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Flood watches have been issued for several major waterways after torrential downpours hit parts of southern and central British Columbia. The River Forecast Centre says rivers throughout the Columbia and East Kootenay regions, including tributaries around Golden, Revelstoke

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City of Edmonton examining flood mitigation options

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Staff from the City of Edmonton are scheduled to look at flood mitigation options for the city as the next step in its examination of upgrades to drainage infrastructure. The city said in a press release earlier this week that