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.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25791938