KOHISTAN  - At least five labourers were killed and two others sustained injuries when an avalanche hit their makeshift shelter here late Monday night while heavy snowfall blocked Quetta-Karachi Highway and land links of Toba Achakzai were disconnected from other parts of the country.

According to details, snow avalanche destroyed temporary shelter house set up by labourers working at chromites mine located in Darra Jijaal of Kohistan.

At least five labourers identified as Ziaul Haq, Muhammad Ismail, Rehmat Gul, Muhammad Nabi and Sohrab were killed in the mishap while two others Nehmat Ali and Dilawar sustained critical wounds. The co-workers dug out the bodies and injured from the rubble and shifted them to hospital.

Administration and concerned officials could not reach the scene of the incident being located in far flung area and covered with heavy snow.