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Aral Sea shrinking shockingly, 70-90 per cent vanished
The Aral Sea, once the fourth largest lake in the world has gone missing, with the massive water body shrinking up fast. Located in Central asia's Uzbekistan, it has shrunk by 70 to 90 per cent of its size.

IN A shocking report, the Aral Sea, once the fourth largest lake in the world has gone missing, with the massive water body shrinking up fast. Located in Central asia's Uzbekistan, it has shrunk by 70 to 90 per cent of its size. Fishing here, which support many local people, has been affected drastically and boats remain stranded on the dried up sea bed.

The cause of this man made disaster has been ascertained as the diverting of rivers which fed the Aral Sea, by the Soviet regime which controlled the area till 1992.

Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General has pled with several Central Asian governments to immediately take steps against the fast shrinking Aral Sea, which has divided into fast dwindling water bodies. Whilw the large portion remains in Uzbekistan, a smaller portion has been left in Kazakistan.

The fast dwindling Aral Sea could dry completely if new Tajikistan plans to set up a hydroelectric power plant on the remaining water body commence. The ambitious Rogun hydroelectric plant will put more strain on the Aral Sea.

Ban Ki Moon said in a statement, “Millions of people have lost their places, their livelihoods were destroyed.... I was so saddened to see this for myself.

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