The mobile laboratory was organized in Aralsk
The Aral Sea areas, especially Aralsk
and Zhusaly settlement located at a distance of 70-150 km from the former coast, are most affected.
One of them is in the Karagandy-Semiyarka region, (10.0-15.0 mg/l), the second one is in Kokshetau and Aralsk
regions, and it is the deepest one (less than 4 mg/l) .The third is in Atyrau region (11.0-15.0 mg/l).).
, Kazakhstan, is surrounded by barren desert, but the city could become a thriving port if the Aral Sea makes its anticipated comeback.
The train will stop in the following cities - Bishkek, Karakol, Almaty, Turkestan, Aralsk
, Orenburg, Samara and Moscow.Seven film crews from 15 European countries are participating in the festival.The train will arrive in its final destination Moscow on October 16, where films made in route will be shown.The project is run with support of Film Makers' Union of Russia and the Russian Ministry of Culture, as well as support of the European Network of Young Cinema NISI MASA.
The former port of Aralsk
, Kazakhstan, 2003, shows the back of a curiously costumed teenager (returning from a dance rehearsal, the caption explains); the title includes the word former because the continually shrinking Aral Sea is now sixty miles away.
Imagine not being able to see Lake Michigan from Chicago, and you have some idea of what it is like to live in one of the Aral's former port cities like Moynak or Aralsk
Regardless of its origin, however, the unbalanced portrayal of the governments and public health systems of China and the former Soviet Union detract from the factual analysis of the SARS epidemic and the discussion of the Aralsk
An account of the 1970 smallpox outbreak, which occurred in Aralsk
, Kazakhstan, as a consequence of open air testing of a smallpox weapon by the Soviets is an eye-opener; there should be no doubts about capability and intent after reading this story.
"Weaponized smallpox escaped from a Soviet laboratory in Aralsk
, Kazakhstan, in 1971," reports the author.
, once a thriving port town, is now 95 kilometres (60 miles) from the coast.