Saturday 23 September 2017

Is this the world's toughest DIY job? Workers repair lightning damage on Rio's Christ statue

Associated Press

Rio de Janeiro's famed Christ statue is being repaired after two fingers and its head were chipped during recent lightning storms.

Workers began examining the 38-metre Christ the Redeemer statue yesterday. After inspecting the damage up close, officials say it'll take about four months to repair.

The statue, which is perched atop a mountain offering spectacular views of Rio, will remain open to tourists.

The right thumb of the statue was chipped during a violent storm last week, and its right middle finger and a spot on its head were damaged last month.

Officials say they'll place more lightning rods on the statue to try to prevent future damage.

The Christ was inaugurated in 1931.

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