Insurers are still collecting data on the damage caused by the massive storm at the end of last month, Times of Malta has learnt.

Dubbed the worst since 1982, the storm that battered the islands during the last weekend of February caused damage everywhere, so much so that insurers are still grappling with claims.

Read: 'Worst storm since 1982' saw record gusts of 133km/h

In comments to the Times of Malta, insurers’ association head Adrian Galea said that it was still “too early” to establish the amount that would be claimed adding that the data is yet to be received.

While insurers also had to establish what the claims would be, Mr Galea said that he expected the majority to be related to buildings and their contents, building sites and vehicles. He again insisted it was still “early days” and he could not yet say for certain what would be claimed.

Still too early to establish the amount that would be claimed

According to the government, following the storm, it was urgently carrying out an assessment to quantify the damage and would seek funds from the EU, if eligible.

Malta tapped into the fund in 2004, when it received over €960,000 to help deal with floods in September 2003.

In 48 hours, the Civil Protection Department received and assisted in 486 calls. In some cases it was backed by the police and the army. A total of 14 people were evacuated in Sliema and 12 from two different areas of Vittoriosa.

The damage was mostly felled trees, demolished walls, water tanks, PV panels, collapsed roofs and balconies and downed masts and wires.

The storm saw wind gusts reach a record 72 knots or 133km/h.


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