The Aral Sea was once a source of life for Central Asia. Lying between Kazhakstan and Uzbekistan, it was the fourth-largest inland sea in the world and a hub for countless fishing communities. However, in the 1960s the Soviet government redirected two tributary rivers that flowed to the Sea to irrigate farmland. Since then, it has steadily shrunk to only 1/10th of its original size. In this video, BBC reporters talk to locals affected by this environmental catastrophe and investigate the mismanagement that allowed it to get to this point.
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