BRASILIA -A lightning strike has damaged a thumb of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue . The thumb on the right hand of the 38m (125ft) statue was hit during a storm on Thursday night, officials said.  Officials from the Archdiocese of Rio , which manages the statue , told Brazilian media that repairs will be made to the statue soon.
It is visited by nearly two million people ever year and in 2010 underwent a $4 million (£2.7m) restoration.
Thursday’s storm had one of the highest numbers of lightning strikes recorded in Brazil since the country began monitoring storms in 1999. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) told O Globo that the statue is struck by lightning on average between three and five times a year.
The monument was inaugurated on 12 October 1931 on top of Rio’s Mt Corcovado and is considered the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world.