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JBA and Reinsurance Solutions to support African insurers for flood risk management

JBA Flood Risk Management and Reinsurance Solutions Intermediary Services (RSIS) is set to use the JBA global flood modelling capability to provide flood risk analytics and catastrophe modelling services for its insurance clients across Africa.

Nikki Pilgrim, technical director at JBA, said: “The launch last year of our global flood modelling has allowed JBA and our clients to fill geographic gaps in traditional modelling. Understanding the implications of flood risk is critical to facilitate risk management and mitigation measures, and to ultimately build resilience within the industry and our communities.”

RSIS has offices in Mauritius, Ivory Coast, Kenya, South Africa and London, and is committed to offering a comprehensive set of risk analytics to its insurance clients. The inclusion of flood risk in the portfolio analysis is critical, especially for east African countries where flood risk is a key peril.

In 2020 alone, it is estimated that east African floods affected at least 700,000 people, causing more than 430 deaths, predominantly in Kenya and Rwanda. The increased flood risk has also been noted in southern Africa, where approximately ZAR650m-worth of property damage was recorded in the 2019 Easter floods in Durban.

“Flood risk is a peril that is often overlooked in Africa but can be extremely costly when it is not taken into account,” commented Thato Raboroko, RSIS head of analytics.

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