PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Several radio stations in Haiti are reporting that 13 children have been hospitalized for malnutrition.

The children living in the country's southern mountains were hospitalized in the seaside town of Jacmel.

Five years ago, at least 26 severely malnourished children died in the same area. Hunger and malnutrition have long been problems in the southern mountains because it's hard to reach and vulnerable to storms. Many farmers in the region lost crops during last year's hurricane season.

Haitian officials say as many as 1.5 million people in the country face hunger-related problems, including malnutrition.

Pierre Gary Mathieu of the government's National Coordination of Food Security said he was aware of the media reports but didn't immediately have details.

At least three radio stations reported the malnutrition cases Friday.