Tidal wave death toll at 300 and rising

The Trincomale District Secretary told a local radio station that over 300 dead bodies had been recovered so far. The Trincomale District Secretary told a local radio station that over 300 dead bodies had been recovered so far. A estimated 136 bodies have been recovered in the Eastern coastal town of Kenniyai and over 200 dead in Muthur also in the east and thought to be the worst affected by the Sunday morning tidal wave.

Deaths have also been reported from Galle and Matara but no officials number are available yet.

Meanwhile, authorities are also warning coastal residents to stay away from the area.

Though the tide has receded in some areas in the South waters of the Kelani river, which cuts through the capital Colombo is still flowing inland.

Officials say curious residents from inland have started flocking to beaches to see the damage.

The warning comes as authorities say the tidal waves can recur and want to prevent a further catastrophe.

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 o