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.
A National Disaster Response Force team has been deployed to the site, Hindustan Times reported.
Rescuers were searching for survivors Wednesday after a river ferry capsized in heavy winds in rural south India, leaving anywhere from 10 to 40 people missing.
The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m.
East Godavari district collector Kartikeya Misra said that they have located the launch.
It was learnt that driver of the 53-seater boat Khaja had surrendered himself in the Devipatnam police station immediately after the incident.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa took stock of the situation.
The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram. Due to sudden gales and whirl wind pools the boat lost balance and tilted one side and capsized.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives in a boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh and prayed for the safe return of those missing.