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    Nearly one million people have been asked to evacuate as typhoon Phanfone advances in central Japan, public broadcaster NHK reported Monday.

    MOSCOW, October 6 (RIA Novosti) - Nearly one million people have been asked to evacuate as typhoon Phanfone advances in central Japan, public broadcaster NHK reported Monday.

    Phanfone to hit the city of Hamamatsu in Japan's Shizuoka prefecture Monday morning. Some 360,000 residents of the city were advised to evacuate. In addition, Japanese authorities have issued evacuation recommendations to residents of Aichi, Mie, Yamanashi, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, about a million people in total.

    The typhoon has claimed the life of a US Air Force member, who was swept away in the prefecture of Okinawa on Sunday. Ten people have been injured and three remain missing, NHK wrote.

    Phanfone is heading northeast at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour. By the end of the day, the typhoon is expected to reach the northeastern regions of Honshu, Japan's largest island.

    Japan's Meteorological Agency has warned against high waves and asked the public to stay away from the seaside. Over 600 flights from Tokyo's airports have been canceled.

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