Fishing town Muynak is now 150 km from water

Fishing town Muynak is now 150 km from water

Released

28/07/2003 1:45 pm

Copyright

Petter Hveem - Medecins San Frontieres Norway

Description

During its heyday the Aral Sea fishing town of Muynak had fishing boats deliver their catch straight to canneries that employed 2,000 people. Now the town is 150 km away from water. As local poverty grows and clean water sources dwindle, Medecins San Frontieres reports that the rate of tuberculosis infection on the dying shores of the Aral Sea is among the highest in the world.

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