Losses from Natural Disasters Reach New Peak in 2011

Catastrophic events in 2011 caused fewer deaths than in 2010  

 but incurred record monetary costs 

Washington, D.C.—-During 2011, 820 natural catastrophes were documented around the world, resulting in 27,000 deaths and $380 billion in economic losses, according to data compiled by Munich Reinsurance Company and analyzed in the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs series. The number of natural catastrophes was down 15 percent from 2010 but was above the annual average of 790 events between 2001 and 2010, and considerably above the annual average of 630 events between 1981 and 2010