Statue needs repair - level 3

Statue needs repair - level 3

27-01-2014 06:00

The Christ the Redeemer statue stands 125 feet high, looking down over the city of Rio de Janeiro. But its height is what it’s got the iconic figure into a spot of bother recently.

Lightning strikes have chipped the figure’s right thumpb and damaged its head.

The engineer in charge of repairing the monument says to stop this from happening again, he’s going to extend the lightning rods within the statue right to the middle finger. The crown of the head is already a rod, but at the moment, it obviously isn’t doing a good enough job.

Repairs are going to be completed as soon as possible, but in the meantime this hasn’t stopped tourists flocking to Rio’s favourite spot. The national weather service says the statue is struck on average six times a year.

Difficult words: a spot of bother (trouble), chip (break off a small piece), in charge (in control), extend (make longer), lightning rod (thin metal straight bar which sends lightning to the ground), meantime (meanwhile), flock (go in large numbers).

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