NatCatSERVICE is a private international level disaster database maintained by Munich Reinsurance Company. NatCatSERVICE provides information on natural disasters (excluding technological disasters), entries cover a period from 79AD to the present (although only major events are recorded prior to 1980). There are over 30,000 entries in the database with approximately 800 – 1,000 new entries per year. Methodology and inclusion criteria are made available online (www.munichre.com/natcatservice/downloadcenter/en). Events are entered on a country and event level and recorded information includes number of people killed/injured/displaced, direct economic losses, insured losses, and scientific data such as wind speed, gusts, magnitude. Detailed geocoding is applied. Sources include Munich Re’s loss investigations, claim reports, national insurance agencies, insurance related media, research institutes, world weather services, press and media, UN agencies, NGOs, governments. Priority is given to insurance related sources (clients, branches, and insurance industry reports). The database is partially accessible to the public, more is available to clients. The publicly available information includes information on costliest and deadliest events, detailed annual statistics and information, information on great natural disasters since 1950, catastrophe portraits and focus analyses (registration is required).
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