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Typhoon Jongdari struck western Japan on Sunday, bringing heavy rains and powerful winds to a region already reeling from floods which killed more than 200 people.

After making landfall in the center of the Honshu island early on Sunday, a weakened Jongdari was situated in the Hiroshima prefecture at 11.45 am, carrying thunderstorms, heavy rains and maximum wind gusts of 90 kilometers per hour (56 miles per hour), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The JMA has maintained a maximum-level alert for the area, predicting fresh floods and landslides, although no damage or casualties have been reported from the region so far.

Jongdari was moving in a southeasterly direction towards Kyushu island, and was expected to weaken further as it progresses.

Western prefectures of Ehime, Okayama and Hiroshima had already suffered widespread damage due to torrential rains in the beginning of July, which led to more than 200 deaths and dozens more missing.