Majuli (pronounced Mazuli), the largest freshwater river island of the world, is eroding everyday. Every year it is said that chunks of land fall into the mighty Brahmaputra, forever gone. The monsoon season results in massive floods, when the river water level goes beyond the danger limit, further eroding this beautiful island.
“The island had a total area of 1,250 square kilometres (483 sq mi), but having lost significantly to erosion it had an area of only 352 square kilometres (136 sq mi) in 2014.Majuli has shrunk as the river surrounding it has grown.” – Wiki
My dad told me that the school he went to no longer exists. It has been long since that piece of land became a part of the river. Majuli is an island which is disappearing every passing day, inch by inch, into the untamed Brahmaputra.
The ferries carry a lot of traffic to and from Majuli and various districts of Assam. During my last visit, while I was waiting for Dad to arrive at Nimati ghat (Jorhat), after a visit to his birthplace, I saw how incredibly fragile and delicate life looked against nature. That ferry was not only packed with people, but also cars and bikes, all at the mercy of the majestic river.
|Last December at Nimati Ghat, Jorhat, Assam|
Our lives are fragile and probably if we believe that more often we would start appreciating the lives of others too.
Note- Here’s the current statistics of Flood situation in Assam. Over 200 animals drowned in the past two weeks, including 13 rare Rhinoceros. Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO certified world heritage place and home to two-thirds of the world’s one Horned Rhino, was 80% submerged in flood water. 30 lakh people have been displayed displaced and 28 lost their lives.
Blog-a-rhythm Prompt – Fragile Lives (Used as a theme for the post)
Day 1 – Oh Snap! I can’t move
Day 2 – Why you don’t know, can hurt you