Disappearing Island Majuli

     Nestled between the mighty Brahmaputra River’s ever-shifting sandbanks, Majuli is the world’s largest deltaic island. Located in the North Eastern state of Assam, Majuli is a 421 sq.kms of majestic pictorial  beauty and vibrant natural colors. Every monsoon, the river takes bites out of the island, swallowing not only land and soil, but many homes too. 

     Life here is very simple. The island is a home to a mix of communities, the Mishing Tribe, the Deoris, the Sonowal Kacharis, and the Ahoms.

     Despite being challenged by nature, the unparalleled scenic beauty cannot be forgotten. Sunsets here are honey colored and ethereal. They allow one to forget that civilization exists.

    But there is danger coming ahead. Unfortunately, with the incessant erosion of the river water and excessive rainfall due to climate change, the Island gradually  disappears. Constant erosion and flooding has reduced the world’s largest river island to less than half its original size. Surveys show that in 15–20 years from now, this piece of land would cease to exist.

 

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