Update (August 23, 2012): The Fangshan authorities reported on July 23 that no elders died in assisted living facilities due to the flood [zh].
Netizens have reached out a digital hand to those left stranded by Beijing’s torrential rains. There are over 7.4 million posts on Weibo on the subject (北京 + 暴雨), many of them calls for help—and answers. From a CDT Chinese screenshot:
cellifa: I live near Tiantan East Gate. If anyone nearby needs to rest, you can come to my place. No gender preference, 2-3 people, direct message me.
J0j0JiaoJiao: Three to four girls can stay at my place. I have a hot shower, food, clothes and shoes. Any girls or older people who aren’t afraid of cats and dogs can stay here for the night. Send me a direct message and I’ll pick you up in front of the Xuantechenguang Police Station.
XiaoqianME: My office is at Zuojiazhuang A2 Beijing Friendship Garden 1-6H. We have water, snacks, TV, computers, wifi, beds, sofas, Sanguo Sha and hot showers! All for free! For real! I’m not a bad guy! If anyone is stuck nearby feel free to duck out to my place! This is what a Beijinger can do! I will wait at my computer all night! Don’t be a stranger! And I hope that people on the road are able to get home safely. @NumberTail Help spread the word.
小 谦ME：本人公司在左家庄街甲2号北京国际友谊花园1号楼6H,公司有水有零食有电视有电脑有WIFI有床有沙发有三国杀能洗热水澡！全部免费提供！不要炒作！不是坏人！困在附近的可以过来避难！都是北京人就想做点儿自己能做的！我会通宵守在电脑旁！不用跟我客气！同时祝赶路的朋友平安 @数字尾巴 大叔帮扩散
UncleFlower: Already contacted them, they can go now. // @Lonely_Epoch: I have a friend stuck at Chengshou Road who needs to get back to Lianri Ludao. Can anyone help her? One little girl and one adult, riding an electric bike, going in the direction of Lianri Ludao. Her cell phone number is 15175088361. Thank you!
如花二大爷：这个已经联系过，已经能走了 // @孤单_纪元：我一位朋友被困成寿路一带，要回恋日绿岛，现在应该在成寿路附近，有人能去帮帮她吗？一晚上了，一个小女孩和一个大人，骑电动车，方向是恋日绿岛，谢谢大家了。她手机号15175088361.谢谢！
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