Beijing Meets Critics Online in Wake of Deadly Floods

Skies were blue and streets mostly dry on Sunday and Monday in Beijing, with only a scattering of abandoned cars as a reminder of the downpour that caused flooding throughout the sprawling capital and killed at least 37 people on Saturday. The weekend’s floods put the government’s Internet savvy to the test, as Internet users took to the country’s Twitter-like microblogs, called “weibo,” to criticize officials for being ill-prepared. The chides included a series of photos on Sina Weibo contrasting Beijing’s flooded streets with images of sewer systems in other famous capitals, suggesting that a better sewer system could have prevented the massive flooding.

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