Windhoek - Namibia on Tuesday declared drought a national disaster after poor rainfall wreaked havoc on crops and scorched grazing fields.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made the announcement a day after the southern African nation launched an urgent appeal for international aid.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told parliament it was clear that the "livelihoods of the majority of Namibians, especially those that depend on agricultural activities is threatened."
"Most regions are experiencing water shortage, as most of the rain-fed catchments are either dry or have little water," she said.
Namibia, a country of 2.4 million people, has since 2015 experienced numerous dry spells.