NU Online News Service, Nov. 30, 11:53 a.m. EST

Natural and man-made catastrophes have caused an estimated $36 billion in losses for insurers in 2010, a 34 percent increase over last year, said Swiss Re.

This year was also the deadliest since 1976, with about 260,000 fatalities–about 222,000 coming from the earthquake in Haiti.

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