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Irma damage to St Barts, St Martin estimated at US$1.4 bn

Friday, September 15, 2017

PARIS, France (AFP) — Hurricane Irma has wreaked an estimated 1.2 billion euros (US$1.4 billion) worth of damage in the Caribbean territories of St Martin and St Barts, French State-owned reinsurer CCR said Saturday.

“This amount covers damages to homes, vehicles, and businesses” insured for natural disasters, CCR said in a statement.

The disaster is “one of the worst experienced by France in 35 years”, it said.

CCR chief Bertrand Labilloy said Friday that the reinsurer had “sufficient reserves to cover the disaster, whatever the cost”.

The overall damage across the Caribbean has been estimated at more than US$10 billion.

Sint Maarten, the Dutch part of St Martin, has suffered US$2.5 billion in damage, according to the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology in Germany.