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Heavy rain, landslide worries persist as typhoon lingers south of Kyushu

A woman shovels earth out of her garden on the morning of July 30, 2018, in Saka, Hiroshima Prefecture, after Typhoon Jongdari passed through the area. (Mainichi)

Typhoon Jongdari continues to threaten Japan's southwest with extremely heavy rain and potential landslides as the storm is expected to tarry in the area around Yakushima Island just south of Kyushu, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has said.

The typhoon has already injured at least 24 people in Japan after making landfall in Mie Prefecture early on July 29.

Jongdari, the 12th typhoon of the year, was about 80 kilometers west-northwest of Yakushima as of 9 a.m. on July 30, after it cleared the Kyushu coast the previous night. The storm was continuing to move south at about 20 kilometers per hour, registering pressures of 994 hectopascals at its center and packing maximum winds of 18 meters per second close to the eye. The JMA projects Jongdari will gain renewed strength as it moves over the warm seas south of Kyushu, and turn west on Aug.1.

Total rainfall in the 24 hours ending at 6 a.m. on July 31 is expected to reach up to 250 millimeters in parts of Shikoku, 200 millimeters in northern and southern Kyushu, 120 millimeters in the Amami region and 100 millimeters in the Tokai region along Honshu's coast.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a July 30 morning news conference that 23 people had been injured by the typhoon across eight prefectures.

Meanwhile, scorching temperatures have hit areas of central and western Japan in the typhoon's wake. The high for July 30 in the city of Fukui was expected to hit 37 degrees Celsius, and 35 degrees in the cities of Otsu and Osaka.

(Japanese original by Hideto Okazaki, Osaka City News Department)

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