Material brand damage in Australia: the fear of the fire storm

The material damage, in spite of the Inferno is not as high as in the case of the Bush fires in California in 2018. The government says financial aid. The bur

Material brand damage in Australia: the fear of the fire storm

The material damage, in spite of the Inferno is not as high as in the case of the Bush fires in California in 2018. The government says financial aid.

The burnt Remains of a residential building in Wingello, Australia photo: reuters

BERLIN taz | In Australia is a growing fear that the Bush fires merge to create a new fire storm that caused further immense damage. On the border between the States of New South Wales and Victoria, several fire are just a few kilometers from each other. Although rain and falling temperatures eased on Tuesday, fire-fighting, for Friday, the authorities expect rising temperatures.

Since September, died in the Bush fires in Australia, 25 people, more than 10 million hectares of Land have been devastated – as much as the areas of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Due to his crisis management of controversial Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that for the victims of the fires in a Fund with the equivalent of at least 1.2 billion euros in the hang up.

not Yet be possible to predict how high the material damage caused by the Bush fires, said a spokesman for the reinsurer Munich Re, the taz. Reinsurers have a global Overview, because insurers such as Allianz or Axa, the sale companies and private people policies, be a part of your business to you. So far in the Wake of the fires reported damage, according to information supplied by the Australian insurance Association at the equivalent of around 435 million euros. However, all of the previous devastation are not reported, and it is anticipated that all Concerned are not sufficiently or at all covered.

In fire-prone areas is difficult to insurance cover and if, then only at high prices. Particularly high fire risk in regions such as Southeast Australia or California specific precipitation to the growth of Vegetation and subsequent rain-poor phases lead to the drying up of the plants, which are highly flammable. At high wind speeds, the risk that electrical installations will cause a fire increases. Changing the direction of the wind can cause fires to spread in a short period of time.

Despite the high prevalence and enormous severity to the current Bush fires in Australia will bring at least for the global insurance industry is not expected to be as high damage as the forest fires in California towards the end of 2018. "Australia is less densely populated," said the spokesman. In the case of the Fires in California, 86 people were killed, the insured damage amounted to around 10,74 billion euros.

Bush fire in Australia, with the biggest damage there was, according to Munich Re in 2009, in the state of Victoria. Them 173 persons fell victim. The insurer paid at the time of around 740 million euros.

unlike the Prime Minister of Australia, insurers see clear evidence that climate change is a risk factor for a large Bush fire. Around the world have increased due to forest fires, the damage, adjusted for inflation, of around 400 million euros in the year 1980 and each year, more than 18 billion euros for 2017. In 2018, caused forest fires, with 21.5 billion euros, so high damage like never before. Of which 16.1 billion of acquisitions of insurers.

Updated Date: 07 January 2020, 20:00

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