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Typhoon Saola hits the Philippines and heads for Taiwan

A man swims in polluted waters as he tries to salvage items from his house after two empty barges rammed into shanties on stilts at a poor community in Manila, Philippines Picture: AP Photo/Aaron Favila

A man swims in polluted waters as he tries to salvage items from his house after two empty barges rammed into shanties on stilts at a poor community in Manila, Philippines
Picture: AP Photo/Aaron Favila

Fierce wind and heavy rain from typhoon Saola has battered the Philippines, killing at least 10 people and displacing 145,000 others. The storm has sustained winds of 120 kilometres (74 miles) per hour and gusts of 150 kph (93 mph)…

 

 

 

Swiss Re reports shows drop in economic losses from disasters

A study by the world’s second biggest reinsurer Swiss Re has shown total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters was 37 billion dollars in the first half of the year down from 59 billion a year ago. The global insurance industry covered nearly 45 percent of those losses which is higher than the previous 10-year average cover of 27 percent. Disaster claims on insurers in the first half of the year fell by nearly a third from the same period last year to 16.5 billion dollars. The reason for the rise in global losses being covered by insurance is the location of some of the larger loss events, with severe weather and storm losses in Europe, the US and Australia all contributing to a lower uninsured loss percentage for the year-to-date…

 

Typhoon Soudelor was strong enough to lift this 747 cargo jet

When Typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan and China this weekend, it did the usual things a powerful storm does — uproot trees, take down power lines, drench the area with rain, even kill people. But it also was strong enough to lift this cargo jet at an airport in Taiwan:…

 

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