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A huayco or huaico (from the Quechua wayqu, meaning "depth, valley") is a Peruvianmarker term that refers to a flash flood caused by torrential rains occurring high in the mountains.

National forests like the San Matías–San Carlos Protection Forest were created in Peru for the prevention of huyacos.

The former settlers of Lo Barnecheamarker were called Huaicoches (Mapudungun Huaico flash flood associated with the phenomenon "El Niño" and Che : People ).

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