News Wrap: South African rescue teams head to Turkey and Syria after massive earthquake leaves destruction 

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South African rescue teams head to Turkey and Syria after massive earthquake leaves destruction 

Rescue and medical teams from South Africa are heading to Turkey as well as Syria today as a deadly earthquake hit the region yesterday. Humanitarian aid organisation Gift of the Givers says two of its hospitals in Syria are overwhelmed with many casualties. The organisation has since opened a standby hospital to assist with the influx of patients.

City makes more than 300 arrests over the past week 

In it clampdown of the criminal element the City says its enforcement agencies made 305 arrests and issued around 70,600 fines over the past week. The City says that officers also found nearly 6,500 units of abalone stored in three big deep freezers in the Bellville area, with abalone and crayfish valued at approximately R3,2million.

Western Cape makes booster vaccines against measles available 

As the country continues to record a measles outbreak among children in parts of the country, the Western Cape Health and Wellness Department says it had made booster vaccines against the virus available in the province. Provincial Health and Wellness MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says the Western Cape has recorded five cases so far, but adds that measles in contagious

Woman found breathing at NY funeral home

An elderly woman was found breathing at New York funeral home hours after being pronounced dead. Nearly three hours after she was pronounced dead, the 82 year old was found to be breathing at the funeral home. She was then transported to a local hospital and her condition is currently not known. This is the second such incident of mistaken death in less than a month.

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