The People Of Manchester Are Using Social Media To Help Each Other Following Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert
Last night what is thought to have been a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as an Ariana Grande concert came to a close, killing 22 people and injuring over 50.
But the people of Manchester are proving an amazing show of strength and solidarity amid these terrible events, coming together via social media to offer help and assistance for those caught up in the attack.
While officials have now confirmed this was a terror-related incident, not much was known after the explosion, which took place at around 10.30pm on Monday night as the concert ended. But as police and ambulance crews attended those injured, many concertgoers were unable to reunite with friends and loved ones, while those taken to hospital for treatment weren't immediately able to update on where they were.
The community of Manchester was quick to offer assistance, however, and Twitter was soon flooded with offers of shelter as others helped spread the word about concertgoers missing in the aftermath.
Both the Holiday Inn and Premier Inn also took in young people separated from family members while taxi drivers offered free rides to concertgoers to help them get home safely.
People also began to use #RoomForManchester on their tweets with offers of shelter and places to charge phones for those stranded.
These responses are also inspiring others online:
Our love and thoughts are with you, Manchester.
Greater Manchester police have also now implemented an emergency number for those still seeking friends and family members - 0161 856 9400.