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Swiss Re estimates its claims burden from Tropical Cyclone Debbie in Australia at approximately USD 350 million, net of retrocession and before tax. Swiss Re expects Cyclone Debbie to have resulted in a higher share of large commercial and corporate losses compared to similar events in the past. The total insured market losses for wind, flood and storm surge damages are estimated to be approximately USD 1.3 billion.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall on 28 March 2017 as a category 4 hurricane; making it the strongest cyclone to hit the Australian region since 2015. The eye of the storm came ashore near Airlie Beach on the north Queensland coast, with estimated 10-minute sustained winds of close to 200km/h. The main disaster zone stretched more than 990 km from the point of landfall, reaching northern New South Wales. Within New South Wales, both Central and South Lismore are protected by levees, but in both cases the levees were overtopped, contributing to significant damage.
“This destructive cyclone caused structural damage by flooding, storm surge and wind in regions close to the Queensland coast,” says Matthias Weber, Swiss Re’s Group Chief Underwriting Officer. “We are a lead reinsurer in this market and estimate that Cyclone Debbie has caused higher commercial and corporate losses compared to similar events in the past. We express our sympathies to those affected and will continue to work closely with our partners and clients to ensure that people receive the financial support they need to clean up and rebuild after this tragic event.”
High winds triggered a storm surge and contributed to surface water flooding from large amounts of accumulated rainfall. A peak storm surge of 2.7 meters was measured at Laguna Quays, on the coast of Queensland. Hundreds of residential and commercial buildings were flooded; several thousand residents and business operators were evacuated from the region. The Queensland Farmers’ Federation estimates winter crop losses at 20%.
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BHP Billiton today confirmed that while extreme rainfall following Cyclone Debbie has impacted access, power, logistics and services in the Queensland’s Bowen Basin, crews are returning to work at its coal mines. BHP Billiton said the safety and security of our employees and their communities remains our highest priority.
The company added that dewatering infrastructure installed after the 2011 floods is working as designed and all sites are resuming operations with mine production ramping up.
The company said: “BHP Billiton notes the release made by rail track provider Aurizon that the rail network remains offline. Aurizon is assessing damage and timing for resumption of track availability. BHP Billiton will seek to manage ongoing access to ports and shipments to customers. The Hay Point Terminal is ready to receive coal.
“We continue to monitor and work through the impacts to production and will provide updates over coming weeks and detail in the Operational Review.
“BHP Billiton has committed A$250,000 to the Salvation Army to provide immediate support to Queenslanders impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.”
BHP Billiton has interests in 11 coal mines in the Bowen Basin through its joint ventures – BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) owns nine mines (seven operational, two in care and maintenance, and the Hay Point Coal Terminal south of Mackay. BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC) owns two mines.