In December 20, 2018, a hailstorm struck Sydney and left in its wake the pressure to rebuild. The home is a primary necessity for living, and when disaster hits and the very infrastructure and buildings that took the brunt of damage are residential areas, there is cause for declaring crisis.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology claims the hailstorm last year had been one of the worst seen in two decades, as the hailstones fell with diameter size ranging from five to eight centimetres. This rendered cars to dent, windshields to break, and found many houses with collapsed roofs over different rooms.
Insurance companies with which the affected residents demand service have proclaimed the progression of tending to the damages caused by the hailstorm, as Sydney roof and building supplies would need to be provided for re-establishing infrastructure. However, the local government officials have pointed out the inadequate amenities delivered to the clients. Repairs have been declared slow.
Campbell Fuller of ICA refutes these claims by saying Sydney roof and building supplies, repair personnel, and available builders are being gathered by the insurance companies as they work with property and homeowners for compromise on the damages.
Compensations have reached over $125 million, as the 2018 hailstorm was second only to the one that occurred in 1999, which harboured an estimated $1.7 billion in losses. In today’s dollars, it would be around $5.6 billion.
Australia is no stranger to the rain of hailstones, but the consecutive calamities that led to millions upon millions of insurance losses and claims have led the industry to declare multiple insurance catastrophes in 2018 alone.
The bushfires during March of 2018 in Victoria and NSW accrued $82.5 million in insured losses. Immediately after, Cyclone Marcus received $62 million worth of claims, and $16.8 million of those for the reparations in Queensland due to flooding. In the month of May, floods and storms added $99.6 million to the equation.
Insurance companies will only declare catastrophes when the encumbered losses have reached the tens of millions in dollars, and as the above calamities show, it is no mystery why so many catastrophes have been declared and why dollars and services are being allotted cautiously.