Insurers in Germany had never before paid for such high losses as in 2021 since the 1970s, caused by the devastating flood in July and the hailstorm in early summer, the German Insurance Association (GDV) said.

With insured losses to houses, household goods, businesses and motor vehicles of around 12.5 billion euros ($14 billion), 2021 was “the most expensive natural hazard year since statistics began in the early 1970s”, Xinhua news agency quoted Joerg Asmussen, chief executive of GDV, as saying.

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The losses were even higher than those in 2002 with floods and devastating storms and in 1990 with a hurricane series, causing losses of around 11.5 billion euros respectively, according to GDV.

The long-term average value per year is 3.8 billion euros.

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