Sri Lankan authorities scramble to provide relief to tidal wave victims

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. 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.

Curious residents from inland have started flocking to beaches to see the damage, but authorities say the tidal waves can recur if large aftershocks occur again.

In Sri Lanka authorities are scrambling to provide relief, as casualties have started to arrive at hospital.

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, where many people are believed to be killed.

Boats and helicopters have joined the relief effort.

A journalist attached to Lanka Business Online who barely escaped the tidal wave and took refuge i