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.