Australia Bushfires The Costliest Ever At A$1.65bn (US $1.13bn) Insured Loss
The ongoing outbreak of bushfires in Australia is now said to be the costliest example from an insurance and reinsurance market loss perspective, as the latest data shows losses reached A$1.65 billion (US $1.13bn).
Estimated insurance claims from the bushfire disaster in Australia have kept rising, with claims lodged now reaching more than 20,000, according to the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).
Insurance and reinsurance broker Aon (NYSE:AON) goes into more detail in its latest catastrophe report, highlighting some 7,000 properties and structures as being destroyed by the fires, with 2,779 of these being homes.
The fires are reported to have caused 31 deaths and have burned an enormous 18.6 million hectares (46 million acres) of land.
81% of current claims come from New South Wales, 8% from South Australia, 8% from Victoria and 3% from Queensland…
The Critical Role of Resilient Design in Post-Disaster Reconstruction
Post-disaster reconstruction should focus on more than just the rebuilding of damaged and destroyed structures and cities. It also provides an opportunity to employ improved design methods, construction techniques and materials that will create stronger and more sustainable buildings.
By utilizing resilient design, buildings and communities are better positioned to withstand the regional and local impacts that future climate conditions and natural disasters can bring.
Building Resilient Cities
More than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, according to the 2018 revision of the United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospects report, and that figure is expected to grow to 68 percent by 2050. Given the overcrowding and poverty that exists in many cities, architects must design environments that reduce risk and mitigate damage from both natural and manmade disasters. It is also important to invest in design practices that can function apart from the electrical grid, such as backup solar systems and replenishable water resources…