“From a global perspective, it is here, in Central Asia, that one of the most unusual water situations exists.
I am referring to Lake Sarez.
It is some 60 kilometres in length, containing some 17 cubic kilometres of water, is at 3200 meters altitude and has a natural dam of 550 meters, the highest of any dam in the world.
For years it has been seen as a major hazard to millions of lives in this country [Tajkistan] and in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.
– His Highness the Aga Khan, Dushanbe Fresh Water Forum
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, August 30, 2003.
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