PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A drought is causing an “extreme emergency” in northeast Haiti, wiping out sorely needed crops and livestock, an official said Tuesday.

Pierre Gary Mathieu of the government’s National Coordination of Food Security told The Associated Press that the eight-month-long drought in the region has caused the loss of two harvest seasons. It will take the area six months to recover, he added.

The hardship is becoming especially evident in schools where there’s food for students but no water to cook. Some schools have neither food nor water, Mathieu said.

The usually arid area has seen some rain lately but not enough to replenish crops.