They both can cause each other. For example, in a forest with heavy deforestation, the trees are removed and the soil is compacted by machinery. When it rains, the soil cannot cling onto the roots and such to stay in place and the compacted soil cannot absorb the water. During heavy rains the water runs off causing floods and eventually soil erosion.
Likewise, soil erosion may lead to flooding as well because without the soil’s ability to absorb water, downstream flooding can occur creating off-site problems.
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