Natural catastrophes killed more than 20,000 people and cost more than $134 billion worldwide in 2013, far below the average of the last decade, according to a report released Tuesday by Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance firm. In Canada, the flooding in southern Alberta in June was the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, with $6 billion in losses. In the end, everyone ends up paying for natural disasters, said Peter Höppe, head of Geo Risks Research at Munich Re. The Star reported last year that Toronto’s catastrophic storm in July would likely to lead to higher insurance premiums for homeowners in 2014. In poor countries where there is no insurance, natural catastrophes pose a risk to the country’s long-term economic performance.

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Natural disasters, led by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and flooding in Europe, cost a total of $125 billion (92 billion euros) in 2013, German reinsurance giant Munich Re estimated on Tuesday.
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