Damage to homes and businesses affected by the tornado that tore through two communes a week ago is estimated to cost €100 million to insurance firms.
According to insurance federation ACA, Luxembourg insurance firms have received 2,400 claims from the communes of Pétange and Käerjeng since 9 August. In a press release, ACA said that two thirds of the claims were related to buildings, while the remainder were related to vehicles.
Insurance firms mobilised agents on the ground the evening of the tornado. “A number of agents went directly to the homes of their clients,” it wrote. “Exceptional measures were taken by several of ACA’s members, such as putting into place special units to ensure handling of claims.”
If €100 million is the amount of damages covered by insurance, the actual cost of the damage will be higher when taking into account damage not insured. On Monday, the government announced a new financial aid package to support private individuals and companies impacted by the tornado, which it classed as a “natural catastrophe”. Both communes also launched calls for donations to cover damages that were not covered by insurance. Further information can be found here for Käerjeng, and Pétange. Käerjeng was also calling for volunteers to help with the clean up. In Pétange, residents who had no hot running water were given free access to the showers at the local swimming pool.
On the evening of the storm, the emergency services received 1,000 calls. According to Delano's sister publication Paperjam, 314 homes suffered damage of which 90 were deemed uninhabitable. In total, 14 people were injured, of which two remain in hospital.