The beautiful Brahmaputra riverine island – Majuli, a popular tourist destination in Assam was declared the largest river island in the world by Guinness World Records on Thursday.
The island has a total area of 880 km² (340 miles²) covering 144 villages with a population of over 160,000 comprising of the various ethnic group of Mising tribes, the Deori and Sonowal Kacharis tribes. The current Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was elected in the 2016 Assembly election from Majuli constituency.
Brazil’s Marajo holds the previous records for the world’s largest river island. According to the reports, the island has lost around one-third of its land area in the 100 years due to frequent flooding of the Brahmaputra river.
The island is also famous for its ancient monasteries known as ‘Sattras’, and over 100 varieties of rice are found here.