Tide flows out, but areas in the South waters of the Kelani river still flowing inland.

Authorities are warning residents off coastal areas after a tidal wave hit Sri Lanka’s coastal regions killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. Authorities are warning residents off coastal areas after a tidal wave hit Sri Lanka’s coastal regions killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. 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.

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, which has left hundreds dead.

It is understood that the tidal wave hit the east coast hardest, where authorities in eastern towns have reported the recovery of hundreds of bodies.

In the south, Hambantota, Matara and Galle has suffered widespread damage, and eyewitnesses reported floating bodies.

In Sri Lanka authorities are scrambling to provide re