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Residents Struggling to Survive in India's Shrinking Island - Majuli

India | Associated Press | October 8, 2018, 5:11 pm
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 Their shores are protected by an embankment of sandbags and concrete barriers, but the residents of Majuli, a river island in India's northeastern Assam state, are struggling to survive in a place that has been rapidly diminished by flooding and erosion. (Image: AP)

Their shores are protected by an embankment of sandbags and concrete barriers, but the residents of Majuli, a river island in India's northeastern Assam state, are struggling to survive in a place that has been rapidly diminished by flooding and erosion. (Image: AP)

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 Majuli is said to be one of the largest river islands in the world, surrounded by the fast-moving waters of the massive, though braided, Brahmaputra river. (Image: AP)

Majuli is said to be one of the largest river islands in the world, surrounded by the fast-moving waters of the massive, though braided, Brahmaputra river. (Image: AP)

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 Official estimates based on satellite data show that Majuli’s land mass decreased by more than 31 per cent between 1914 and 2004. (Image: AP)

Official estimates based on satellite data show that Majuli’s land mass decreased by more than 31 per cent between 1914 and 2004. (Image: AP)

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 Every year the monsoon floods the 522-square-kilometre (201-square-mile) island on the alluvial flood plains of the Brahmaputra, one of the largest rivers in Asia. (Image: AP)

Every year the monsoon floods the 522-square-kilometre (201-square-mile) island on the alluvial flood plains of the Brahmaputra, one of the largest rivers in Asia. (Image: AP)

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 In addition to fishing and boat-making, residents raise crops and cattle on the silty soil, relying on ferries to reach the nearest market for their goods, the small city of Jorhat. (Image: AP)

In addition to fishing and boat-making, residents raise crops and cattle on the silty soil, relying on ferries to reach the nearest market for their goods, the small city of Jorhat. (Image: AP)

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 The river laps at small huts and docks elevated with bamboo stilts. (Image: AP)

The river laps at small huts and docks elevated with bamboo stilts. (Image: AP)

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 Formed by the convergence of the Brahmaputra and some of its anabranches, some experts have estimated that Majuli, the centre of Assam's neo-Vaishnavism, one of the major traditions of Hinduism, will be submerged by 2030. (Image: AP)

Formed by the convergence of the Brahmaputra and some of its anabranches, some experts have estimated that Majuli, the centre of Assam's neo-Vaishnavism, one of the major traditions of Hinduism, will be submerged by 2030. (Image: AP)

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 Over a century, Majuli has lost nearly a third of its land mass, according to India's Ministry of Water Resources. (Image: AP)

Over a century, Majuli has lost nearly a third of its land mass, according to India's Ministry of Water Resources. (Image: AP)

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 A farmer who lost his home to erosion, cares for his cattle, on an embankment in Majuli, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (Image: AP)

A farmer who lost his home to erosion, cares for his cattle, on an embankment in Majuli, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (Image: AP)

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 An Indian girl walks with goats through a paddy field in Majuli, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (Image: AP)

An Indian girl walks with goats through a paddy field in Majuli, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (Image: AP)

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