Restoration work starts on Rio's Christ


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Rio de Janeiro's statue of Christ with outstretched arms is getting $4.35 million refurbishment this week to repair damage caused over the years by the elements.

Heavy rains have eroded portions of the face and hands of the statue. It has also been damaged by lightning strikes over the years, according to an AP report on the ninemsn website.

Workers began replacing large pieces of the statue's soapstone exterior and patching up a layer of concrete under that and expect to complete work by June. The Rio archdiocese says donations will pay for the repairs.