>> First there was Harvey, then came Irma, and Maria. All three hurricanes crashing into North America in short succession. There was also the massive earthquake in Mexico which killed 369 people. The unprecedented wave of natural disasters slamming relief agencies that say many donors just got tired of giving.
>> It is unusual to have so many disasters in rapid succession so close to home. And if you compare how our fundraising has dropped off with each one of these successive disasters. We have seen some evidence of donor fatigue, yes.>> World Vision say donations gradually shrunk after each disaster by as much as 40%.
The aid organization says they collect 1.1 million for Texas in a 10 day period after Harvey. For the same period after Irma they raise 657,000, while Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico, pulled in 416,000. For Mexico only 340,000 was raised. The coffers also got lighter at other aid agencies like the American Red Cross, and American Cares.
The Red Cross Raised nearly 400 million in donations and pledges for Harvey, but only succeeded in raising 56 million for Irma, and 22 million for Maria. Experts say the drop in donations could curve the ability of aid organizations to provide long-term support.>> It has a very negative impact on the first stage after natural or man-made disaster.
Which is recovery, and there's tremendous resources that are needed. I think one of the avenues such organizations can pursue is what we're doing in New York City where volunteers can go down, for example, and helping in the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.>> Aid groups say they are trying to get more contributions from their core group of loyal supporters.
That money could help in the longer term recovery and rebuilding of the disaster hit regions.