Russian officials investigate deadly hail storm
Monday, July 14, 2014, 11:46 AM - What started as a relaxing day at the beach for many, soon turned into a nightmare as a severe hail storm hit near the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk.
Russian authorities have opened an investigation into the deaths of two children during the storm.
According to an online statement published by the Investigative Committee Monday, two young girls aged 3 and 4 had died Saturday in the lakeside town of Bredsk.
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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, The Associated Press says.
Videos that were posted to YouTube show beach goers scrambling to find shelter under umbrellas as large hail pelted the region.
"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," adds AP.