Police in Sri Lanka say 300 prisoners took advantage of Sunday's massive earthquake to make their escape from a high-security jail.

Authorities say the inmates fled after a tidal wave caused by the quake destroyed their prison, a 16th century Dutch-built fort in a southern coastal town Matara.

Reuters news agency reports a similar prison break in Indonesia's Aceh province. Police there say 200 prisoners fled after a tsunami destroyed the walls of the facility.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.