Aral Sea: The sea that dried up in 40 years - BBC News

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The disappearance of the Aral Sea in Central Asia is one of the world's greatest man-made disasters. In Kazakhstan, with the help of the World Bank, more than $80million have been spent trying to save the most northern part of the sea but this has only benefited a few hundred people. In this film, we speak to people still living in deserted fishing ports, to see how their lives have changed, and to find out whether they believe that they'll ever see the sea again.

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"Maybe my grandchildren's grandchildren will see water here." I don't know but that made me teary.

Author — Rome Blanchard


"Humans didn't do this it was a natural process!"- every commenter ever

If you payed attention you'd understand that the Soviets diverted the water sources that fed the sea, and the dry Kazakhstani climate just helped dry it up

Author — MrLoneWolf009


Central Asia is still in a tight grip of Russia and increasingly, China. That's why we hardly hear about them. Its like the most mysterious part of the world.

Author — Carnage Kabuto


…………40 years forward. Central Valley California. Same mismanagement of resources, same useless thirsty crops and a population in denial.

Author — Raymond Pfaff


Thanks to BBC that opens human eyes in other side of the world. Glory to God now, my country is began grow up, after such hard years that our elders suffered.



Think twice before buying that 4.99 H&M cotton t shirt

Author — DC9848


Aral sea, hmmmm.
Anyone here with some "connection" with UPSC? 🤭🤭

Author — Prithvi Raj


Very Sad to hear that an old lady was never gave up on water to return.

Author — Lalthawhpuia


Save Our Planet through Sharing, Justice and Peace for all.

Author — Vance H


This is the result of soviet union's backward ideas about the rivers that fed the aral.

Author — Ash A


Beautiful documentary, haunting images...

Author — S Brian Treelife


Got me thinking. If Earth is just a giant interconnected bowl of water, could we direct water there? Because sea level is increasing too damn high in some country.

Author — Aditya Vijaya


Stop calling it a sea. It's now a desert.

Author — 101ers77


I want to live there and help the people who is struggling to to be will be a time when I 'll cme and help

Author — World through the LENSES


Бір аянышты адам тұрмайтындай қып көрсеткен екен. Халықтың жағдайы жақсы. 2009 жылы свет келд дей ма))

Author — Айдар Досмамбетов


You can use the Salton Sea for energy since salt can produce energy build powerplant there

Author — Aaron Marcus


Man, I never really heard about what happened to Aral Sea and it's saddening stort through the years. Maybe because Kazakhstan is surrounded or near by powerful countries like China and Russia.

Author — Tj Samson


Our ancestors call it karma . Do what u want say what u want .. but karma comes can no body can stop it .

Author — Anand Nalawade


Excellent camera work. One of the best I've seen so far.

Author — vishal narain


3:05 people are suffering but still drives a G Wagon.

Author — Seppi Naju