Catastrophes with the highest number of fatalities:

1. End of August: Floods in India and Bangladesh _ 1,200.

2. Feb. 6: Floods in Mozambique, South Africa _ 920.

3. July 4: Floods in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos _ 880.

4. March: The killing of doomsday cult members in Uganda _ 780.

5. Aug. 2: Floods in India, Nepal and Bhutan _ 621.

Costliest catastrophes to the insurance industry, in U.S. dollars:

1. Sept. 10: Tokai floods in Japan _ $1.04 billion.

2. End of October: Storms and floods across Western Europe _ $725 million.

3. Jan. 22: Winter storm, frost, ice and snow in the United States _ $550 million.

4. March 28: Tornadoes, rain and hail in the United States _ $520 million.

5. Oct.14: Floods and landslides in Italy, Switzerland and France _ $450 million.