Claims pass half­way mark

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

IN­SURER Sun­corp says it has fi­nalised over half the claims lodged from Cy­clone Deb­bie, while one in six home re­pairs have been com­pleted.

Sun­corp says it is fi­nal­is­ing around 100 claims a day in the wake of the cy­clone that hit the Queens­land coast in March and caused wide­spread flood­ing in Queens­land and north­ern NSW, leav­ing an in­sur­ance bill of over $ 1 bil­lion. The in­surer says its re­sponse has been twice as fast as its re­sponse to Cy­clone Yasi in 2011.

Only one in six re­pairs of homes dam­aged by Deb­bie have been com­pleted so far, and a Sun­corp spokesman said claims were ex­pected to be fi­nalised at a faster rate than re­pairs.

How­ever, most dam­aged homes were in an ad­vanced state of re­pair, con­sid­er­ing the gen­er­ally en­hanced re­sponse time, the spokesman said, and no fig­ures were avail­able to com­pare the rate of re­pairs against the af­ter­math of Yasi.

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