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India: Everything is lost: Life on the edge of the Indias Brahmaputra January 13,2020   |  Source: Gulf News

Once a vast river island in the heart of the Brahmaputra, now Majuli’s days are numbered: Experts warn it may disappear entirely by 2040 as ever more violent flooding swells the river, wreaking havoc on the lives of those that live along its banks. Millions rely on the vast waterway, which rises in Tibet and runs some 2,900 kilometres through the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, for their livelihoods but climate change means the deluge from the annual monsoon is increasingly extreme. Human mismanagement is exacerbating the problem and for Majuli’s 170,000 islanders the future looks bleak: the flood waters are submerging more and more areas of the island and for longer periods, wrecking crops and rendering land infertile. The inhabitants — mostly indigenous Mishings tribespeople who follow a unique offshoot of Hinduism — move to higher ground with their animals when the rains come, but soon there may be no place for them to migrate up to.

“We love the river but we know it will one day devour all our land. We can only pray that Brahmaputra relents and we can live in harmony like generations before us,” says Sunil Mili, a farmer who grows mustard and rice. India is grappling with a water crisis on all fronts as global warming creates more extreme weather and poor

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