Sandy tops 2012 insurance claims

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Berlin - A leading US insurance company says natural disasters cost the industry $65bn last year and that Superstorm Sandy accounted for nearly two-fifths of the total.

However, Munich Re AG said on Thursday total insured losses from natural catastrophes were down from a record $119bn in 2011, when devastating earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand cost the industry dear.

The company said total economic costs in 2012 from natural disasters - including uninsured losses - amounted to $160bn, compared with the previous year's $400bn.

Sandy was blamed for at least 120 deaths when it battered eastern coastline areas at the end of October. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the hardest-hit states.

Munich Re estimated insured losses from Sandy at $25bn and total losses at $50bn.

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