Bushfire claims top $13 million

Bushfire claims top $13 million

Bushfire claims top $13 million The Insurance Council of Australia has sent disaster specialists to the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia to help deal with the mounting cost of bushfire claims in the area.

The ICA announced that, as of last week, 350 claims have been lodged with insurers and insured losses have topped $13 million.

The Sampson Flat bushfire, which burnt through almost 13,000 hectares destroying 27 homes and injuring 134 people has now been contained but ICA CEO Rob Whelan, stressed that council is there to assist residents in need.

"The ICA continues to liaise with the State Government, emergency services, local governments and Members of Parliament to provide support and help resolve issues.”

The South Australian Country Fire Service released a statement yesterday which announced that they are still monitoring the area and that, even following the heavy rain which helped control the blaze, the region is still at risk.

“Although rain has fallen on the fireground there is still the potential for hotpots to reignite.

“Fire resources and support agencies continue to work in these areas. Whilst some roads have been opened to residents only, the public must remain vigilant for potential or existing hazards.

“Although this fire does not pose a threat to life or property at this time, people in the area are advised to check and follow their Bushfire Survival Plan and monitor local conditions.”

The ICA’s disaster hotline – 1800 734 621 – can help affected residents who are not sure which insurer they are with, or who have general inquiries about the claims process.