Residents of India’s shrinking island struggle

Anupam Nath / Associated Press file photo

Huts stand on stilts in Majuli, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, in this August photo.

MAJULI, India — 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.