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Woman Attacked by Dog in Middle of Busy Intersection

Multiple cars passed by, but one driver ran from his bus to help the woman.

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Out of nowhere, a female pedestrian was attacked by an aggressive Tibetan Mastiff dog in the city of Zibo this week. A courageous bus driver came to her rescue.

A female pedestrian in Zibo, Shandong, was attacked by a Tibetan Mastiff in the middle of a busy intersection this week. Chinese news outlet The Paper reports that the woman was on her way home when the dog suddenly attacked her.

While the woman is lying on the road, struggling to get away from the aggressive dog, multiple cars pass by without stopping. Within a minute, however, both a taxi and public transport bus stop. Only the bus driver gets out to offer help.

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Security footage shows how the bus driver runs towards the woman from the other side of the road and starts hitting the dog with a fire extinguisher. The woman gets away, but then the dog turns against the bus driver and starts attacking him before some bystanders then succeed in chasing the dog away.

The woman and the bus driver were both taken to the hospital for their injuries.

Local police are currently investigating the case, but the dog is still on the loose and nothing is known about its probable owner.

Bystanders who do not intervene while witnessing a dangerous situation often make headlines in China.

The bystander effect is a social psychological matter; the more people that witness a person in peril, the less the chances are that one of them intervenes. In other words: one is more likely to help out in an emergency situation when one is alone, than when there are ten people standing by. When the first person does help out, it is far more likely that others will follow.

In China, the ‘bystander effect’ has received ample media attention over the past five years, with one of the high-profile cases being the 2011 Foshan incident, when security cameras recorded how a two-year-old girl was struck by a van. As she lay in the road, 18 people passed by without helping. The girl was killed when a second car hit her and the story became international news.

“I hope the bus driver gets a prize for his courage. So many cars pass by and the only one really helping is him,” multiple commenters on Weibo say.

“The man should be awarded for his good deed,” many say.

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Sends Shock Waves through Wenling, Zhejiang

A major oil tanker explosion has left over a hundred people injured and at least ten dead in Wenling, Zhejiang.

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On June 13, the explosion of an oil tanker truck has caused chaos in the city of Wenling in China’s Zhejiang province, leaving at least 112 127 people injured and nine 10 people dead.

The explosion took place in the afternoon at approximately 16:40 near the exit of the G15 Shenhai highway, causing a loud bang and wrecking some homes in the vicinity.

The hashtag “Zhejiang Wenling Tanker Wagon Explosion” (#浙江温岭槽罐车爆炸#) and other related hashtags (#浙江温岭一油罐车爆炸#) are attracting millions of views on social media site Weibo on Saturday evening (local time), with Chinese media and netizens sharing the footage of the damage caused by the explosion.

“My god, this is so scary,” a typical comment on Weibo says, with many people expressing their shock over the major incident.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently still at the scene to assist victims and clear away the wreckage caused by the explosion.

On Saturday night around 21:15 local time, Chiense state media outlet CCTV was still broadcasting a live stream through Weibo showing the latest images and footage of the situation and interviewing injured people in the hospital.

Local authorities and Chinese media are warning people not to go near Wenling’s Daxi to keep the roads clear for rescue workers.

Meanwhile, people on Chinese social media are spreading praying emoji’s and candles, expressing their sympathies for the victims of today’s explosion.

By Manya Koetse

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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