KARACHI The Government of Sindh during a meeting of ministers on Saturday was informed that as per available data, a total 173,000 houses were completely destroyed in catastrophic floodwaters, however the participants were of the view that data provided by the DCOs needed to be verified to get an accurate picture of what was achieved so far. The meeting was attended by Provincial Minister for Housing Agha Taimoor, Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister for Planning & Development Kaiser Bengali, Minister for Power Department Shazia Marri, Special Assistant Zia-ul-Islam, Additional Chief Secretary P & D Ishaq Lashari, Secretary Housing Shahabuddin Channa, Chairman Peoples Housing Cell Fasiuddin Ahmed Khan others participated in the meeting. Sindh Minister for Electric Power Shazia Marri has stressed upon all concerned government functionaries to collaborate efforts and boost up rehabilitation work of flood-affected areas by identifying lands for construction of houses in these areas for which various brotherly and friendly countries and donor agencies had assured for financial assistance. Kaiser Bengali Provincial Advisor for P&D and Minister for Power Department Ms. Shazia Marri informed the participants that the brotherly country Turkey had offered the construction of 2000 houses while another brother Islamic country Iran had promised Rs.100 million for the construction of houses for flood affected people but the land had yet not been identified by the DCOs. They further said that these satellite townships will surely change the living culture of Sindh under which people in these downtrodden areas will get basic facilities of life in a modern way, including better education & health services but it was observed that the DCOs had to prioritise the effort for identification of land required for construction of houses. The participants of meeting decided to communicate to the officers at District level to speed-up efforts for identifying required land on urgent basis for the construction of houses for flood affected people and ensure that it was done on war footing. Bengali informed that there was not enough government land available in light of which the meeting further decided to acquire / purchase land with ideal locations from private owners if there was no government land available for construction of houses for people who were affected by the recent floods and the process be carried out in the most transparent manner. The committee agreed to formulate foolproof criteria of the acquisition of lands . The meeting agreed on synchronising efforts by bringing all the relevant quarters/departments under a single umbrella and boosting rehab per the directives of President to provide shelter to all flood affected families.