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"Aralsk had everything to make it a real port – it was always in a bustle with its harbor, a shipyard, a fish processing plant, a railroad nearby, and garrisons all around it. Aralsk was sort of 'a city-in-the-city'- completely self-sustainable. Sailors were walking in the streets, there were always visitors from different Soviet Republics, there was an extensive diversity of nations living there." This is a description of the Aral Sea region back in mid-twentieth century. Then, a disaster occurred. The human-caused disaster.