The Aral Sea is diminishing and the water level is dropping to alarming levels. Agriculture around the lake is becoming increasingly difficult with increased unemployment and frustration from the people in the area as a result. The rhetoric between the countries around the Aral Sea is getting more and more harsh. Instead of cooperating everyone is blaming the other country for the worsened situation.
The already threatened flora and fauna is under even more pressure and the entire ecosystem is on the way of collapsing if the trend is not reversed. Child mortality and diseases is also getting more common because of the contaminated ground water and pollution carried by the salt winds.