Authorities are warning residents off coastal areas – says tidal waves can recur.

Authorities are warning residents off coastal areas after a tidal wave hit Sri Lanka’s coastal regions killing hundreds, leaving thousands homeless. Authorities are warning residents off coastal areas after a tidal wave hit Sri Lanka’s coastal regions killing hundreds, leaving thousands homeless. Curious residents from inland have started flocking to beaches to see the damage, but authorities say the tidal waves can recur.

Initial reports indicate that the tidal wave or tsunami may have been caused by a quake off the Andaman island. A large quake also occurred off the coast of Indonesia, resulting in a massive tidal wave in Thailand.

In Sri Lanka authorities are scrambling to provide relief.

Sri Lanka Navy says its facilities in Southern city of Galle was also swamped by the tidal wave, that has caused widespread damage to the densely populated city.

A journalist attached to Lanka Business Online who barely escaped the tidal wave and took refuge in Galle town’s Lady Hill areas says water levels are now receding.

“People around me a in shock, because we can see floating bodies,” Niranji Jayewardene said speaking to LBO through