BANGKOK -- Urbanization is partly to blame for this year's flood woes in Asia.
Floods are nothing new for the monsoon-swept continent, but overdevelopment and climate change have turned once bearable events into national crises.
In Thailand's capital, the government is scrambling to try to prevent floodwaters from inundating the city center.
Some experts say that traditional societies had an easier coexistence with water and flooding.
That can be seen in a few enclaves of Bangkok from a largely bygone era. Residents still live in houses perched on stilts. Instead of cars parked outside, they have boats.