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Rio de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer statue was damaged by lightning during a recent storm. Repairs to the hand and head are expected to take four months. (Jan. 21)

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Rio de Janeiro - January 21, 2014

1. Wide worker standing on arm of statue of Christ the Redeemer to repair damage caused by lightning

2. Mid worker on arm

3. Wide tilt up from tourists to statue of Christ the Redeemer

4. Tight statue's damaged hand

5. Tight hole on statue

6. Mid damage on statue

7. Wide tilt down of Christ the Redeemer to Catholic priest, Father Omar Ramos, and faithful praying at foot of statue

8. Mid tilt down from worker on Christ the Redeemer's shoulder to tourists at the foot of statue

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Rio de Janeiro - January 16, 2014

9. STILL lightning bolts in sky near Christ the Redeemer statue

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

Workers began examining the 125-foot Christ the Redeemer statue on Tuesday.

After inspecting the damage up close, officials say it'll take about four months to repair.

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

The Christ was inaugurated in 1931 and underwent a 4 million US dollars renovation in 2010.

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