Majuli in Assam ,declared largest river island in world by Guinness World Records

Guwahati,Sept5:The Guinness World Records has declared Majuli in Assam as the largest river island in the world. It has toppled Marajo in Brazil to clinch the record. The beautiful river island is situated on the Brahmaputra river.

Deora women in Manjuli

1. It is formed by Brahmaputra river in the south and Kherkutia Xuti, an anabranch of the Brahmaputra, joined by the Subansiri river in the north.

2. The island is inhabited by Mising tribes, Deori and Sonowal Kachri tribes

3. The people of the island speak Mising, Assamese and Deori language

4. It covers an area of around 880 sq km

5. It is one of the important tourist destinations of Assam

6. Due to the frequent flooding of the Brahmaputra river, Majuli suffers heavy erosion. In the last 30-40 years it is estimated that it has lost about one third of its area

7. It is home to about 1,60,000 people

8. It is the hub of Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture

9. It was recently declared a district and was earlier a subdivision under Jorhat district

10. It has been included in the tentative list of World Heritage Site by UNESCO