Kuwait’s capital, Kuwait City, has seen its water levels rise to above three feet in some areas.
Water is expected to rise further due to heavy rain, but the threat of flooding and possible firefighting will be lower than normal, the country’s emergency services said on Wednesday.
The capital, which was hit by a major typhoon in November, is under a severe flood warning, which is in place for the region of Al Qasr al-Khaimah, Kuwait’s Ministry of Water Resources said in a statement.
The typhoon killed at least 39 people and caused at least 1.5 million to evacuate, according to the government’s Emergency Department.
The Kuwaiti Red Crescent has set up shelters in the capital’s main shopping street, Al Jumeirah, and in other areas.
Kuwait’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Thani told reporters on Wednesday that his country was ready for the possibility of a major flood.
The country was experiencing severe flooding after heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of the country and in Kuwait’s Gulf coastal area, the government said.
The floodwaters had swollen to about 3 feet by mid-afternoon.
The country has been experiencing severe weather conditions since the beginning of the year, with a high of more than 3 feet (1.6 meters) on the coast and severe thunderstorms and lightning on the mountains and highlands.
This comes after Kuwait had been battered by heavy rain in December.
The country was hit hard by the floods and severe weather caused by Typhoon Shingal, which struck in October.