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An area as big as Bristol is under water

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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The scale of the flooding on the Somerset Levels is truly mind-boggling.

The Western Daily Press has crunched the numbers to put it into perspective.

According to information published by the National Farmers' Union yesterday some 11,500 hectares – or 28,420 acres – of land is under approximately 65 million cubic metres of water.

That equates to 115 square kilometres (44.5 square miles).

By way of comparison the area administered by Bristol City Council is 110 square kilometres (42 square miles).

In fact, according to the CIA World Factbook there are 27 separate countries in the world that would fit into that 115 square kilometres under water. The countries – largely small islands – include Guernsey, Gibraltar, Bermuda, Macau, the Vatican City and Monaco.

So vast is the flooding that the well-heeled residents of tiny Monaco would fit into the area affected 57 times.

Diving is the scourge of the Premier League, but if the area under water was turned into football pitches there would be enough room for 16,000 of them. Rather puts the Downs in Bristol or Hackney Marshes into fresh perspective.

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