Uninsured losses of $32.94 billion in India due to natural disasters in five years: Swiss Re

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Economic development

Topic: Insurance.

Issue: Child limit for welfare schemes.

Context: India faces $32.94B uninsured losses from natural disasters (2018-22), calls for awareness and robust insurance growth.


Highlights of The Report:

  • Uninsured economic losses in India due to natural disasters from 2018-22: $32.94 billion.
  • Insured economic losses during the same period: $1.10 billion (93% of exposures uninsured).
  • India exposed to earthquakes, floods, tropical cyclones, drought, and wildfires.
  • Major cities with high population and asset concentrations are vulnerable to multiple natural hazards.
  • Total uninsured economic losses since 2014: $74.83 billion; insured losses: $5.41 billion.
  • Challenges in bridging the protection gap include limited awareness and underwriting difficulties.
  • Swiss Re forecasts India’s total insurance premiums to grow by 7.1% in real terms (2024-28).
  • India is expected to have the fastest-growing insurance sector among G20 countries.
  • Non-life premiums are forecast to grow by an annual average of 8.3% during 2024-28.
  • Robust growth expected in life business, with premiums up 6.7% (2024-28) driven by rising demand and Insurtech adoption.

Some Fact check:

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Conclusion: India grapples with significant uninsured losses from natural disasters. Swiss Re urges heightened awareness and anticipates robust insurance sector growth.

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