At least 48 dead in rain-hit Brazil town

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - At least 48 people were killed by heavy rains that sparked landslides and destroyed buildings in the town of Teresopolis near the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the town’s mayor said on Wednesday.

The rains caused at least one river to burst its banks, submerging cars and destroying houses in Teresoplis, which lies about 62 miles (100 km) north of Rio, television images showed.

The mayor, Jorge Mario, told the Globo television channel that about 50 people were missing in the town. The heavy rains also severely affected the town of Nova Friburgo, where three fireman were missing after being buried by a mudslide while they tried to rescue victims, officials said. (Reporting by Stuart Grudgings; Editing by Vicki Allen)