"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. From 1960s, the gradual dying up of the sea started caused due to water diversion from Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers for field irrigation. By 2015, the Aral Sea had lost 90% of its area.
The special project was developed under the project «Media for Improved Reporting on the Environment and Natural Resources in Central Asia» funded by the European Union and implemented by Internews. In photos, facts, and figures, it tells the story of the Aral Sea and its people from 1960s to present days.
Follow the source link, to see the whole story: http://livingasia.online/aralsea/.