The weather is clearing up in the Dominican Republic today, as forecast by the Meteorological Office (ONAMET). Most private schools are reopening as life moves back to normal in the DR for areas where flooding has not occurred.

The ninth bulletin from the National Emergency Committee indicates that 56 people have died as a result of Noel, 27 are missing and a total of 58,328 people have been displaced. Of these displaced 17,895 have found refuge in government facilities while 40,433 are staying with families and friends. Also, 13,921 homes have been ruined, 52 communities are cut off, 21 bridges and roads have collapsed and 682 people have been rescued. General Manuel Antonio Luna Paulino says that 85% of the people who live below sea level have been moved and relocated. A market decline in fresh food supplies is already apparent in Dominican supermarkets. Flooding affected major farming areas. Eggs, plantains, fruit, vegetables and chickens are in short supply because producers were not able to make their usual deliveries. The destruction of harvests and some roads that transporters use to bring the foods are expected to take their toll on fresh food supplies. Listin Diario reports that plantains are already scarce. Major plantations of tomatoes, rice, corn, yams, cassava, plantains, tobacco, Chinese vegetables, peppers, passion fruit, potatoes, lettuce, squash, peppers, melon, bananas, citrus fruits, beans and avocado suffered damages. Initial estimates of the monetary cost of the damages by Noel are RD$1.2 billion, says Public Works Minister Victor Diaz Rua.

In other news! Dominican slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz became only the seventh player in Major League Baseball history to receive a perfect score in the annual statistics compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau, the company that handles MLB’s record keeping. Ortiz, who just recently helped the Boston Red Sox to win their second title in four years, and was part of the original 2004 Sox team that broke the Curse of the Bambino, was ranked top amongst designated hitter in appearances, batting average, on base percentage, home runs and runs batted in. The only other players to receive a perfect score were Cal Ripken, Frank Thomas, Don Mattingly, Jeff Bagwell, Manny Ramirez and Albert Pujols.

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