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Probe into Russia hailstorm deaths

Russian authorities have opened an investigation into the deaths of two children during a severe hailstorm in Siberia.

Two young girls aged three and four died on Saturday in the lakeside town of Bredsk, not far from the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk, a statement from the Investigative Committee said.

The two girls died after sustaining traumatic brain injuries when a tree fell on their tent, where they were taking shelter from the storm along with their families.

Videos have surfaced online showing beach-goers in Novosibirsk huddling desperately under umbrellas as cherry-sized hailstones pelt them mercilessly.

Weather has been unusually extreme across much of Russia this summer, with snow hitting parts of central Russia that rarely see freezing temperatures in summer.


From Belfast Telegraph