On 26 October, a strong earthquake occurred in the hills of Northern Afghanistan. It was rated 7.5 on Richter Magnitude Scale. The nearby countries such as Pakistan and India were also affected. The buildings there were noticeably shaken, some even fell down. Citizens had to run for cover. The earthquake had caused over a thousand deaths so far, including the deaths caused when students of a school in the Takhar Province of Afghanistan ran over each other as they escaped. The earthquake was a deep earthquake, and it did not begin with strong force initially. This fortunately gave the residents a chance to escape and mitigated the disaster. Yet, after the earthquake there was widespread disruption to electricity and communication, and the affected areas are located on remote areas on the hills. The roads in some areas were blocked by landslide which affected the rescue effort.
The 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 set 2015 as the target year. On 25 September 2015, the United Nations adopted a new set of 17 global goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the MGDs. SDGs aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.