Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue on Sunday appealed for financial assistance from the Federal Government toward tackling flood disasters in the state.

Ortom made the appeal at a ceremony to mark the 45th birthday of his wife, Mrs Eunice Ortom, held at the Redeemed Christian Church, Mega Parish in Makurdi.

“The damage by flood disaster so far is massive. The state alone cannot bear the financial burden involved in tackling it.

“Many communities have been washed away, while farms have equally been swept off. The level of destruction is heavy and we want the Federal Government, individuals and organisations to assist,” he said.

The governor sympathised with victims of Saturday night’s flood in Makurdi, especially the management of Radio Benue, where a transmitter was submerged.

The Wurukum Market, Low-Level Quarters and 7 other communities were submerged as a result of the downpour.

The affected communities included Welfare Quarters, Benue State University community, New Kanshio village, Rice Mill Wadata, Idye Village and Achusa village, among others.

Ortom promised to work toward leaving Benue better than he met it, and blamed its current woes, especially the non-payment of salaries, on alleged massive corruption by the administration he succeeded.