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Japan was bracing itself Saturday for more extreme weather amid the imminent arrival of typhoon Jongdari, after recent torrential rains killed more than 200 people in the country.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued alerts for western parts of the country over the possibility of strong rains brought by the typhoon, which is expected to make landfall on Sunday, causing fresh floods and landslides.

The pacific coast of Japan is expected to receive up to 80 millimeters (3.15 inches) of rain per hour in the coming hours.

According to JMA data, at 1.40 pm, Jongdari - the 12th typhoon of this season in the Pacific - was situated around 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of the Miyakejima island, off the east coast of Japan's most populated Honshu island.

The typhoon was moving at a speed of 45 kph in the northwestern direction with maximum gusts of around 180 kph.

JMA expects the storm to approach the southern end of the Izu peninsula, south of Tokyo, around 9 pm on Saturday and make landfall in central or western Honshu in the early hours of Sunday

Some airlines have cancelled local flights, and the Japanese soccer league postponed three matches scheduled for Saturday in the areas expected to be affected by Jongdari's arrival.

The typhoon is the latest potential meteorological disaster to hit Japan this summer, after torrential rains led to fatal flash floods and landslides.

Those were followed by a prolonged heat wave, which left dozens of people dead and thousands more hospitalized due to heat stroke.