The Chinese are using social media to help speed up rescue efforts after deadly floods engulfed Henan province.
At least 33 people have died in the province after Zhengzhou City experienced a year of three-day rain.
From sharing public health information to contacting for help, China’s Weibo platform has become an online space connecting people seeking help with rescue teams.
Encouraging hashtags such as “Henan, stay strong! also quickly went viral.
As people shared horror stories and asked for help online, thousands of social media users responded by redirecting their Weibo posts to emergency rescue teams so they knew where to go. .
For example, when news emerged that various trains were stranded after the tracks were submerged, people made lists of each train number and the resources its passengers needed.
Some have implemented text-based versions of critical contact lists, after discovering that people in some areas could not upload images because heavy rains affected internet speeds.
Internet users also helped organize the information feeds so that it was up-to-date and clear.
According to local media, residents living near Tielu Station also delivered food and bottled water to passengers stuck on a train after the hashtag “K226 call for emergency help” was seen over 800 million times.
While some focused on providing emergency rescue advice, others shared information on mental health support and personal hygiene advice.
A hashtag related to menstruation amid the flooding has been viewed more than 200 million times, as doctors and social workers reminded women to change their sanitary pads frequently to avoid the risk of infection. Others posted addresses of places where women could pick up free sanitary supplies.