Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightning

Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningHigh-rise work: A construction worker walks on an arm of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro to inspect damage after recent stormsRepair work today begun on Rio de Janeiro's famed Christ statue after two fingers and its head were chipped during recent lightning storms. 
Officials believe it will take at least four months to repair the damage after workers carried out the first up-close examination of the 125-foot (38-meter) Christ the Redeemer statue following the lightning storms.
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.

Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningArm with a view: A construction worker can be seen on the arm of the famous statue which is 100ft tallWorkers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningA worker looks outside from inside the head of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
A worker looks outside from inside the head of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningPeek-a-boo: A repair worker examines the head of Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
Peek-a-boo: A repair worker examines the head of Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningLandmark: The Christ Redeemer statue stand more than 2,000 ft above Rio on the tip of Corcovado Hill
Landmark: The Christ Redeemer statue stand more than 2,000 ft above Rio on the tip of Corcovado Hill
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningThe statue was struck by lightning when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro
The statue was struck by lightning when a powerful electric storm swept through the city emitting more than 40,000 lightning strikes throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro
The iconic statue is the largest stone-work of Jesus ever built and stands more than 2,000 feet above Rio on top of the Corcovado Hill.
Named one of the seven new wonders of the world in 2007, the statue is made of 700 tonnes of reinforced concrete.
This is not the first time the famous landmark has been hit by lightning. It was also hit by lightning in February 2008 and had to undergo a serious restoration because the bolt damaged its head and chipped the right thumb.
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightning
Damaged: View of the damaged hand of the sculpture in Rio de Janeiro
Damaged: View of the damaged hand of the sculpture in Rio de Janeiro
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningConstruction workers have to first scale the statue's platform before they can get inside to climb to the top
Construction workers have to first scale the statue's platform before they can get inside to climb to the top
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningA group of tourists visit the famous sculpture after officials announced it will remain opened to the public while the repair work is carried out
A group of tourists visit the famous sculpture after officials announced it will remain opened to the public while the repair work is carried out
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningDivine: Lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 16, 2014
Divine: Lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 16, 2014
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningView of lightning striking Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 January 2014. The city suffered a strong storm that left neighborhoods without power and flooded streets
View of lightning striking Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 January 2014. The city suffered a strong storm that left neighborhoods without power and flooded streets
Workers repair Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after its finger was damaged by lightningAwesome: Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014
Awesome: Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014

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