Rio's Jesus loses thumb in lightning strike

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Rio de Janeiro – A violent lightning and rain storm swept the city of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday evening, causing damage to the statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the city. 

A news update by The Independent reports that the cause of the powerful storm flooded streets, knocking out power in certain areas, as well as chipping the right thumb of the Christ statue, during a lightning strike.

The 38-metre high statue which was erected in 1931, is managed by the Archdiocese of Rio and is said to have been repaired for badly eroded parts of its hands in 2010, costing a total of $4 million (R43m at R10.86/dollar). 

Last month, a storm similarly struck the statue, chipping the middle finger of the right hand, The Independent reports.  Father Omar Raposo of the Archdiocese of Rio is said to have told Globo Radio that repairs will be carried out soon and that the church keeps a stock of the exact stone used to build the statue.

Watch this video footage of a compilation of images, during the storm:

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