And because the area is a tribal region, there are very few lights on the banks to help rescuers locate the missing passengers, Hyderabad-based newspaper The Hans India reported.
The search and rescue operations are now underway with two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with 35 members each deployed at the spot, along with a 90-member team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
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Around 40 people are feared missing after a boat capsized due to strong winds in the Godavari River on Tuesday evening.
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East Godavari district collector Kartikeya Misra said that they have located the launch.
Boat operator Khaja surrendered before police in Devipatnam. The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely gutted. Condolences to the bereaved families. She was rescued by the locals.
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Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to undertake rescue operations on a war footing. "I pray for the safety of those missing", the Prime Minister said.