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In 2009, natural catastrophes claimed 9,000 lives worldwide and cost insurers $22 billion, even though the year was considered to be a low-loss year compared with previous years.

Asia was hardest hit: typhoons and earthquakes caused the most fatalities in the region, with losses for the insurance industry totalling around $2.4 billion.

The year’s biggest insured losses were the result of storms. In total, six natural catastrophes generated losses of more than $1 billion each.

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