In this Oct. 24, 2011, photo, cars are parked on an overfly at a flooded street in Bangkok, Thailand. Like most of monsoon-swept Asia, the city and its environs have experienced periodic floods since it was founded more than two centuries ago. But recent decades have witnessed dramatic changes - from intense urbanization to rising waters blamed on climate change - that are turning once burdensome but bearable events into national crises. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)

In this Oct. 24, 2011, photo, cars are parked on an overfly at a flooded street in Bangkok, Thailand. Like most of monsoon-swept Asia, the city and its environs have experienced periodic floods since it was founded more than two centuries ago. But recent decades have witnessed dramatic changes - from intense urbanization to rising waters blamed on climate change - that are turning once burdensome but bearable events into national crises. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)

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