Several people are missing after a country boat capsized in the Gautami river in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh this afternoon.
More than 40 people, mostly students, were said to be travelling in the boat, state Disaster Management Department sources said.
Rescue teams belonging to the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have rushed to the spot.
At least 10 people are said to have been rescued by locals while efforts were on to trace the others.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed district officials to step up rescue operations, sources said.
The Gautami river is a tributary of the Godavari.