AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Hurricane Matthew smashed concrete walls, flattened palm trees and tore off roofs, forcing thousands of Haitians to flee from their homes in this deadliest event this past week in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Matthew hit the impoverished nation of Haiti around daybreak Tuesday with 145 mph (235 kph) winds. Two days later, Haitian authorities and aid workers began getting a picture of what they fear is the country's biggest disaster in years. The confirmed death toll quickly rose toward 300, and officials predicted more would be found.

In nearby Cuba, Matthew blew across that island's sparsely populated eastern tip Tuesday night, destroying dozens of homes and damaging hundreds more in the island's easternmost city, Baracoa, though no deaths were reported.

If economically struggling Venezuela has become dangerous for the healthy, it can now be deadly for those who fall ill. Caracas-based Associated Press reporter Hannah Dreir and AP photographer Ariana Cubillos introduced the world to 3-year-old Ashley Pacheco and her parents' dramatic struggle to keep her alive. Two weeks after Ashley scraped her knee, she was screaming in a hospital, fighting for her life as her family scoured Caracas for scarce antibiotics.

AP photographer Moises Castillo returned to the scene of a mudslide in Guatemala that killed more than 250 people a year ago when it engulfed El Cambray neighborhood in Santa Catarina Pinula. For the survivors, the psychological scars have not faded.

Colombians said "No," rejecting the government's peace deal with leftist rebels by a razor-thin margin in a national referendum, scuttling years of painstaking negotiations and delivering a stunning setback to President Juan Manuel Santos.

Former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters played a free concert at Mexico City's main plaza, packing the Zocalo with an estimated 150,000 fans. The singer criticized Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, blaming his administration for many of the thousands of people who have gone missing in Mexico's drug war. "What happened to them?" Waters asked. He also called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump an idiot.

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This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/LatDesk

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Associated Press photographers and photo editors on Twitter: http://apne.ws/150o6jo

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